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The Day War Came

Written by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

Key Stage 1

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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

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018

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

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for June 2018:

Mariella, Queen of the Skies by Eoin Colfer

Opposites by Roald Dahl

1, 2, 3 by Roald Dahl

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies

The Hippo at the End of the Hall by Helen Cooper

The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman

The Day War Came Synopsis

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. £1 from every copy sold goes to the charity Help Refugees - find out more about their wonderful work at their website, helprefugees.org.

The Day War Came Press Reviews

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


Book Information

ISBN: 9781406376326
Publication date: 7th June 2018
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Year Groups: Key Stage 1

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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