A picture book about refugees and animals that will make you catch your breath on the last page.
There are millions of refugees around the world and many are held in detention centres for years, including children. In recent times, it feels as if the world's refugee crisis has become a political issue instead of a humanitarian one.
With haunting echoes of contemporary society's treatment of refugees, A Grain of Hope is a dual story on facing pages of a dog called Dok and a refugee girl named Hanan. Both are escaping unsafe lives and their stories mirror each other until the end when one ends happily and the other is still unfinished. It opens discussion about compassion and hope with older readers, from the ages of 8 to adult.
The beautiful, watercolour and pen illustrations by Aldy Aguirre are a beautiful accompaniment to a hard-hitting, but necessary, story that questions society's willingness to sometimes assist animals quicker than we assist humans.
It is suitable for classroom use with facts provided about refugees at the end of the book and a wealth of moral, social, financial and ethical concerns to be discussed. More information is available at Nicola's website to assist with such discussions.
A Grain of Hope will keep you thinking, long after the end cover is closed.