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“A group of animals dressed in human clothing begin a trek through the dark forest, walking upright and carrying bundles of their belongings. The forest is dying and they must leave. Following behind them and urging them on is a skeleton-like creature—Death—dressed in a colorful flowered robe. He rides a blue ibis with an orange bill. The animal migrants travel toward the sea, stopping to eat and rest, and then continuing on until they reach a boat. They climb aboard, but the rough sea destroys the boat. Not all of them make it ashore. The migrants mourn their losses and continue on, courageous and determined, until they reach their new home.

Peruvian artist Issa Watanabe’s new book, Migrants, is a wordless picture book that conveys the struggle and emotional hardships of migration. Watanabe’s richly colored drawings are touched with shadows and set against a black backdrop. The images are somber and expressive; the refugees are grief-stricken and dignified in their struggle. The artist has delivered her message. There is the harsh reality, but there is also hope. Words are not needed.”

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Author Issa Watanabe
Star Count 5/5
Format Hardcover Picture Book
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Gecko Press
Publish Date 2020-10-06
ISBN 9781776573134 Buy this Book
Issue November 2020
Category Children's