Author: Robert Vescio
Illustrations: Andrea Edmonds
EK Books 2019
'Displaced by war and conflict, a refugee family sets out on a dangerous voyage into the unknown. This near wordless picture book (one word per page) and evocative illustrations, combine powerfully to encourage young readers to create their own background story and thus identify more deeply with the plight of refugees and those less fortunate'.
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"The Voyage is heartbreaking and hopeful. It is so simple in text but so deep in meaning and story....The illustrations are absolutely, divinely exquisite. I got goosebumps reading it and couldn’t help but ‘Oh’ softly and hug the book to myself at the end.
It is THE perfect book to introduce the concept of refugees to very young children (I’m talking from toddlers onwards), as it is gentle in its approach, and a child’s understanding of the book will grow as they do...a stunning addition to the amazing selection of books the Australian market has to offer. It is truly a gem".
Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg
"Just fourteen words to tell such a story that are more powerful than if there were 10 or 100 times that many".
"This is one of the most powerful picture books I have ever read. There is space for reflection, thought and discussion. There is space to explore the detailed pictures and experience emotion as you read...Fourteen words, stunning illustrations, impact like I’ve never experienced before. I highly recommend reading The Voyage. It will change you in ways you won’t expect".
"The Voyage is an experience for children to learn about and share in. Those who haven’t faced the same struggles as the children in this book can absorb them with a great deal of empathy. The book gently opens minds to how other people live and the kind of challenges people can face as refugees...
In deftly dealing with human experience, it will be widely appreciated and understood. The Voyage is a beautiful book.
...featuring my Illustration process for The Voyage...