Day War Came, The
Author: Nicola Davies
For Reception/KS1
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Day War Came, The Nicola Davies's prose poem is a moving and powerful response to the UK government's refusal to give sanctuary to 3000 unaccompanied child refugees in 2016. The narrator, a little girl, recounts the difficult journey she is forced to make to seek peace, when war devastates her country. The use of simple language brings an immediacy and power to the narrative whilst Rebecca Cobb's illustrations in pencil, inks and paints give a perfect visual expression to the metaphors used. It will be easy - if uncomfortable - for young readers to identify with the little girl pictured, whether it be in the loving embrace of her family at the outset, or huddled under a blanket covering her eyes as in a double page illustration where the overwhelming darkness of the room mirrors the text. An act of kindness from another child brings hope and resolution at the end. It is rare to find a book which tackles the subject of war in such a thoughtful and accessible manner for younger children.