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The Day War Came
Written by Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
Here is the story of a child whose life and family is devastated by war and who is forced to make a journey alone to try to find a new home and life. For the child it feels like war follows her everywhere, in the way that people shut their doors and don't smile. When she is refused entry to the school because there is no chair for her, it is the children who open their hearts to her and show her there is a chair and a place for her and all the other lost children.
The impact of this outstanding picture book is profound and inspired such a sense of emotion in me as a reader. Nicola Davies' words are immensely powerful on their own and Rebecca Cobb's illustrations are remarkable. A thoughtful and thought-provoking explanation of the story behind the book is included at the back. It has been endorsed by Amnesty International UK because it highlights children's rights to be safe and to have an education. It is an extraordinarily powerful picture book and one that needs to be promoted as widely as possible and used for discussion in classrooms and homes.