Author(s): Glenda Millard
In poetic language and soft watercolor illustrations, this gentle lullaby of a tale evokes a story about finding refuge.
Escaping flames and barbed wire, a mother, a baby, a boy, and a dog flee for their lives, climbing into a small sailboat to set off to sea. A polar bear, too, has come adrift. When will they find land? Who will welcome them in? Where will they call home? With lyrical narration and child-friendly illustrations, Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King create a comforting and timely story about courage, endurance, and hope -- and what we can be for one another.
Glenda Millard is the author of many acclaimed novels and picture books, and Stephen Michael King has illustrated, written and designed many wonderful books for children. This book grew from a poem Glenda wrote when Stephen and Glenda were preparing their contribution to the Hush Treasure Book for the Hush Foundation. They developed the words and pictures for this story together when Stephen was doing a residency at Manning Regional Art Gallery. Their picture book The Duck and the Darklings was Winner of the 2016 WA Premier's Books Awards - Children's Book Category, shortlisted for the 2015 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Awards, the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Wilderness Society's Environmental Award for Children's Literature, and selected by the International Youth Library as a White Raven 2015 book.