"A beautiful poetic and visual delight" Joseph Coelho
A BEAUTIFULLY EVOCATIVE STORY OF A CHILD'S JOURNEY TO ENGLAND ON BOARD EMPIRE WINDRUSH , FROM AN INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED, MULTI-AWARD-WINNING POET AND AN EXTRAORDINARY DEBUT ILLUSTRATOR.
"you're stepping into history
bringing your Caribbean eye
to another horizon"
With one last hug, Windrush chid waves goodbye to his Caribbean home and sets sail across the ocean to Britain. In this powerful picture book, full of hope and promise, celebrated poet John Agard and illustrator Sophie Bass movingly evoke the journey made by children and their families as part of the Windrush Generation.
PRAISE FOR JOHN AGARD'S WINDRUSH CHILD:
"A poetic story brought to life by Sophie Bass's colour-popping illustrations ." Daily Mail
" A beautiful picture book with gorgeous illustrations ... I couldn't think of a better way for young children to learn about history and understand the world." David Walliams
"John Agard's hopeful poem commemorates a child's Windrush journey from the Caribbean, and bold and vivid illustrations sing of palm trees and mangos left behind, and new experiences, including pigeons and terraced houses and snow." 'One to Watch', The Sunday Times (Culture)
"Debut illustrator Bass's intricate, colourful, arresting pictures bring out all the resonances of Agard's spare text in this story of a child, a ship, a journey, and a new life enriched by the loves and memories of the old." Guardian
" A stunning picture book ... with the distinctive, vibrant art of Sophie Bass." The Bookseller
" A gorgeous bedtime read that will reward repeat readings, deceptively simple, emotionally deep." Joseph Coelho
John Agard was born in Guyana and emigrated to Britain in 1977. He has worked as an actor and a performer with a jazz group and spent several years with the Commonwealth Institute, travelling all over Britain giving talks, performances and workshops. He has visited literally thousands of schools.
His poem 'Half-caste' is on the AQA English GCSE