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Book Review: Home

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

Home is a children’s picture book about the displacement of a family during World War II. Written by Karen Hendriks, illustrated by Alisa Knatko and published by Daisy Lane Publishing.

This story was inspired by the village of Wunshendorf – who was the largest forced refugee movement in the 20th Century. A poignant historical fiction tale of the journey of a family forced from their home and housed in a forest camp, who eventually find freedom in Melbourne.

Even though this is a tale of a wartime frequent occurrence, it’s theme of displaced refugees is still relevant today. I was drawn into the story, not entirely because of the tale, but because of the way it is written. Told from a young girl’s perspective, showing her sadness but also her joy by describing how her heart was feeling.

Blue Bear and I were both delighted by the illustrations. The use of dark colours and black and white illustrations gave enhanced the despair of the story. Blue Bear particularly liked the illustration of when the people arrived on the boat at the dock in Melbourne, where the illustration was brighter, and the people were filled with joy and happiness. He particularly like how well Alisa Knatko was able to draw faces so well.

Home is an enchanting story that explores hardship and hope.

A picture book for ages 5 - 12 year olds.

Educational activities:

History and Social Sciences

- Use this book in conjunction with others to explore the broad topics of refugees and home.

Visual Arts

- Explore the use of pencil and shading by creating a picture of choice.


- Describe how you would feel if you had to leave your home, what would you take with you?

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