Marwan's Journey by Patricia de Arias
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚
Title: Marwan's Journey
Author: Patricia de Arias
Illustrator: Laura Borràs
Publisher: Michael Neugebauer
Islamic Content: Muslim Family
A little boy, Marwan, is walking for days without knowing where or how far he is going. He is among thousands of feet that are walking on the desert. He remembers what caused all this walking, the destruction of his house, garden and homeland. Marwan is encouraged by the words of his mother to keep walking, and he does. To some place new with a new language and new hopes.
Wow. This book. This story. It follows Marwan and his journey of finding a new place to call home, all through his view. I love the gentle and innocent tone this book is presented in. Marwan recounts the reason for their departure, he reminisces fondly at the memories of his homeland, he expresses the difficulties and uncertainties this journey entails and finally he describes his hopes of what he wishes his destination would be. There is no specified nationality that Mawran belongs to, but it doesn't matter. I even noticed that this story had touched my kids emotionally because they expressed how sad they are for Marwan. This is one book that shouldn't be judged by its cover because the illustrations inside are stunning. They really help set the mood of of the story. He has a photograph of his mother that he has taken on this walk, and he remembers her words encouraging him but it is not clear if she is on the journey or not. Left to the reader's imagination. The pages don't contain a lot of text but every word is quite powerful.