The Day War Came

  • Title: The Day War Came
  • Author: Nicola Davies
  • Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (published in association with Help Refugees)
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Brief Summary: From Candlewick Press-“Imagine if, on an ordinary day, after a morning of studying tadpoles and drawing birds at school, war came to your town and turned it to rubble. Imagine if you lost everything and everyone, and you had to make a dangerous journey all alone. Imagine that there was no welcome at the end, and no room for you to even take a seat at school. And then a child, just like you, gave you something ordinary but so very, very precious. In lyrical, deeply affecting language, Nicola Davies’s text combines with Rebecca Cobb’s expressive illustrations to evoke the experience of a child who sees war take away all that she knows. A moving, poetic narrative and child-friendly illustrations follow the heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful journey of a little girl who is forced to become a refugee.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I did find this resource from Candlewick Press that has discussion questions to use in class as well as Common Core connections.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I thought this was a very powerful picture book with moving illustrations, such as the illustrations that show the aftermath of a bombing on our protagonist and her city.

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