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.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Number of Pages||40|
- 2021 USBBY Outstanding International Book
- Kirkus Best Children's Books
The Horn Book Magazine
“This powerful portrait—stark, eloquent, and utterly devoid of sentimentality—depicts the arduous, dangerous journeys of migrants all across the globe. It’s a small book that tells a big story of loss and courage.”—The Horn Book Magazine
" . . . Watanabe captures with grace both dignity and determination . . . "—Publishers Weekly
“It’s beautiful and harrowing, challenging readers to think.”—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.