The Day War Came

Title

The Day War Came

Authors

Nicola Davies

Illustrator

Candlewick Press

Publisher

Candlewick Press

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781536201734

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

The day war came there were flowers on the windowsill and my father sang my baby brother back to sleep. 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.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Homelessness; Immigrants and Refugees; transient; no home; displaced; refugee; migration; family separation;

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Undetermined

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2018, Finalist, Fiction Picture Book
Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2019, Honor Book, Books For Younger Children
West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA), 2019, Short List, Picture Book

Keywords

flowers; tadpoles; ash; thunder; confusion; chaos; despair; hope; chair; courage; kindness

Diversity Impact

direct

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