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In a masterful new collaboration, personal poems and poignant art illuminate the experience of refugees and immigrants everywhere.
it can happen again.
It does happen again.
It has happened again.
Some of Michael Rosen’s relatives were lost before he was born, in the Holocaust. First, he wondered about them. And he wrote poems. Next, he searched for their stories. And he wrote poems. Then he found their stories. And he wrote poems. Now, in a companion book to The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II, Michael Rosen has brought together forty-nine of his most powerful poems, exploring the themes of migration and displacement through the lens of his childhood in the shadow of World War II, the lives of his relatives during that war, and migration, refugees, and displacement today and tomorrow, here, there, and everywhere. Throughout, atmospheric watercolors from master illustrator Quentin Blake evoke the hardship, exhaustion, isolation, and companionship of being on the move. At once intimate and universal, On the Move probes the power of art to adapt, bear witness, and heal.
About the Author
Michael Rosen is the internationally acclaimed author of The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II and Michael Rosen's Sad Book, both illustrated by Quentin Blake, and many other books. A former British Children’s Laureate, he lives in London.
Sir Quentin Blake has illustrated more than 250 books by writers from Roald Dahl to Michael Rosen, in addition to his own picture books. In 1999, Sir Quentin Blake became the first British Children's Laureate. He lives in London.
A graceful tapestry weaving together personal and global perspectives and a heart-rending memoir of human endurance.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The anonymous and atmospheric art complements Rosen's message extremely well. . . In these honest and pensive poems, Rosen probes his own past to prompt readers to contemplate their own feelings around global displacement. . . artfully explores the human experience of displacement.
—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Moving. . . Blake's watercolor-and-ink illustrations, reproduced in blue/grey tones, accurately reflect the verses' moods and speak to the difficulties faced by migrants then and now.