Fall 2020


  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

The migrants must leave the forest. Borders are crossed, sacrifices made, loved ones are lost. It takes such courage to reach the end. At last the journey is over and the migrants arrive. This is the new place.

With forceful simplicity, Migrants narrates the journey of a group of animals leaving a leafless forest. Borders must be crossed, sacrifices made, loved ones left behind.

Watanabe takes extraordinary care to show the individuality and humanity of each migrant—through the detailed patterns on their clothing, their care of each other as they set up camp, the symbol of the blue ibis showing the connection between past and future, life and death.

Format Your Price
On pre-order until 10/06/2020
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2020
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2020-10-06
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039030, JUV039250, JUV002000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 9 x 9
Guided Reading Level TBD
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


Publishers Weekly

" . . . Watanabe captures with grace both dignity and determination . . . "—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“It’s beautiful and harrowing, challenging readers to think.”—Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a rare feat: a wordless picture book in which the absence of text intensifies the stories it tells. . . . A raw, startling portrait of migration.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Issa Watanabe

Issa Watanabe was born in Peru, the daughter of an illustrator and a poet. She studied Literature, Fine Arts, and Illustration. She has led projects promoting social integration through art and published many books.