CHIL­DREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK

Bath Chronicle - - FAMILY HEALTH -

sea prayer by Khaled Hos­seini, il­lus­trated by Dan Wil­liams, Blooms­bury £12.99, (ebook £10.90)

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The photo of three-year-old Syr­ian boy Alan Kurdi, who drowned while try­ing to reach safety in europe in 2015 touched many peo­ple, in­clud­ing au­thor Khaled hos­seini, best known for writ­ing The Kite Run­ner. Sea Prayer are the words a lov­ing fa­ther speaks to his sleep­ing son, telling how they came to be stand­ing on a beach wait­ing for a boat that could take them to safety, or to their deaths. Aimed at all ages, it is beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated by Dan Wil­liams, who de­picts the hor­rors of civil war as well as the joy­ous times that came be­fore. The fa­ther is try­ing to re­as­sure his child that all will be well and he will be safe, but the fa­ther knows how treach­er­ous the sea can be – and all he can do is pray and hope. hos­seini, a Good­will Am­bas­sador UNHCR, the UN’S refugee agency, is mak­ing a plea for peo­ple to be kin­der to those flee­ing war and per­se­cu­tion – it’s a plea that can­not be ig­nored. Re­view by Bri­die Pritchard

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