We Sang Across the Sea: The Empire Windrush and Me
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A powerfully moving and beautiful picture book about the voyage of HMTEmpire Windrush from national treasure, Benjamin Zephaniah. The hopes, dreams and bravery of the Windrush generation are expressed in this vivid story through the real-life experiences of Trinidadian musician, Mona Baptiste. Written as a brand-new poem by Benjamin Zephaniah, the book is beautifully illustrated by the extraordinary artist, Onyinye Iwu.
- The arrival of the Windrush in 1948 is celebrated each year on Windrush Day, 22 June
- Benjamin recently won a BAFTA for his Sky Arts show, Life & Rhymes, a showcase of some of Britain’s finest poets
- This book is perfect for teaching young children about inclusivity and diversity
- Praise for Windrush Child:
Our April 2022 Ages 5-6 Book of the Month
Our pick this month for children aged 5-7 is We Sang Across the Sea by the award-winning and very well-loved poet Benjamin Zephaniah. This is a brand new poem all about the hopes, dreams and bravery of the Windrush generation. It is told through the real-life experiences of the Trinidadian musician, Mona Baptiste, who boarded The Empire Windrush in the hopes of becoming a singer and making a better life for herself.
The poem is accompanied by brilliantly colourful illustrations throughout, allowing Mona’s story and Benjamin Zephaniah’s words to come to life. Whether in the classroom or at home, We Sang Across the Sea is perfect for young readers to learn about the very important topic of the Windrush generation. It can act as a springboard, helping to spark discussions about inclusivity and diversity.
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