‘Go Back To Where You Came From!’ is a children’s storybook about the refugee crisis written and illustrated by Madeleina Kay. It is being sold to raise money and awareness for the refugee movement. The book can be enjoyed by children aged 4-10 years, and aims to teach kindness, compassion and tolerance.
This children’s book about the refugee crisis explains the plight of the refugee using animal characters and bright, colourful illustrations. The story is about diversity and acceptance in the widest possible sense and features multi-race and LGBT characters.
“Excellently illustrated with lovely, compassionate and heartwarming story. The message is made without labour. Eminently suitable for children and adults alike. I love my copy”
“I love the illustrations in this book which have stories to be discovered on every page based on a very friendly Wolf. Reminded me of the ‘Tiger who came for Tea’, a classic and would recommend it for Xmas stocking”
“This illustrated children’s book is, at its heart, the story of a Wolf who is forced by conflict to leave her home and end up in a strange foreign land (based loosely on Sheffield) but is hated by the locals there because she is “different”. However, by facing her fears, and a great act of bravery, she becomes accepted by a local family that for her is very different too.
For us parents, this story is so much more than a story about a wolf, it introduces your children to the idea that in reality we are all different. That every family is unique, with diverse customs or lifestyles or ways to act, from what you have been told is the “normal” way too live. It does not make them wrong, just special, as they are courageous people whose families have endured hardship. It teaches them to look deep inside themselves and to embrace another individual’s version of “normal”. Thus we should be open minded and welcome those who come from a different backgrounds and cultures.
It teaches a child to offer kindness to those in need, rather than being threatened and scared of something new and different; not being blind to the potential of what these people can offer that will change, or even save, your life.
But the main moral of the story, for me, is that when you open your life to someone new, from a culture you know nothing about; you grow, you become more worldly wise and more knowledgeable of diversity that makes up this planet of ours. Put simply – you become a better person. Surely this is something every child should be taught from a very young age?
It’s a beautiful read and I’d bet that some young children will be asking to hear this story again and again; so be warned! I expect there will be more than one parent who will be able to recite this by heart very soon.”
Jonathan Le Feuvre