Refuge

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Review

This beautiful book moves the Christmas story past the part many of us know so well.

Here, from the donkey's perspective, we follow Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as they flee into Egypt as refugees, in fear for the life of their son. Now, more than ever, they must rely on the kindness of strangers to stay safe and strong as a family.

Illustrator Sam Usher paints the scenes in muted greys, but with flashes of yellow: moonlight, stars, the Three Kings' gold.

In the final scenes, the pages flood with light as the sun finally rises up over their new country and lives. Now they have hope again.

The gorgeous drawings and Booth's sparse, poetic words make this a Christmas book to treasure.

Five pounds from each copy of Refuge goes to the charity War Child.

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