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The Day War Came

Written by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers

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An important and beautiful book that perfectly encapsulates for other children the trauma of war and what it is like to be a refugee. Invaluable

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019

Award-wining Nicola Davies has created a beautiful story which makes its powerful point brilliantly by focusing on the plight of a single child refugee. A little girl’s way of life - one that will be familiar to children around the world - is totally destroyed when the war comes. Having lost everything, alone and facing terrible danger, she travels across the world in search of a new home. But who will help her to find one? Nicola Davies never preaches, instead she allows her story and Rebecca Cobb’s equally sensitive and warm-hearted illustrations to carry the message with their own integrity and eloquence. The book is endorsed by Amnesty International.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

The Day War Came Synopsis

A powerful and necessary picture book - the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known. Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey - all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious... When the government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter this country in 2016, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem. It started a campaign for which artists contributed drawings of chairs, symbolising a seat in a classroom, education, kindness, the hope of a future. The poem has become this book, movingly illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, which should prove a powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers.

The Day War Came Press Reviews

In a wholly different register, The Day War Came combines Nicola Davies's simple, hard-hitting text and Rebecca Cobb's pencil drawings to evoke the destruction of everyday reality for the youngest victims of conflict. Thought-provoking and poignant, it's an excellent answer to the question of how to talk to children about war. - The Guardian

The deceptively simple narrative combined with Rebecca Cobb's evocative illustrations make this a useful tool for explaining the refugee crisis to younger readers. - Oldie

[...] it ends on a powerful notes about the power of kindness and the potential for a better future. - Surrey Advertiser

an incredibly powerful picture book [...]. Cobb's illustrations are both beautiful and devastating. - The Bookseller

A tale of humanity and compassion that is worth sharing. - South Wales Evening Post

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406382938
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406376326
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406382938
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories

About Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for children include Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale and King of the Sky . She is a Zoology graduate, an expert in whales and bats, and has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She lives in Powys Read more about Nicola Davies here. Please note there are two children's authors called Nicola Davies which our systems are unable to tell apart. The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street  are not written by this Nicola Davies. Apologies.

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