He was not like them.
This internationally acclaimed, award-winning picture book is astonishing, powerful and timely.
Powerful illustrations and a spare text make a parable of Thomas's journey, which reflects the courage we all need to find our passion and be ourselves.
A masterful and compelling story.
'A gut-wrenching but deeply moving masterpiece from the hearts and minds of a brilliant artistic and literary partnership.' - Maurice Saxby, Magpies
'Disquieting and potent - a gloves off" account of Australian nationhood, and how we, as a culture, might appear to those from other cultures. This is a profoundly significant work which will - like Greder's The Island and The City - provoke, disturb and challenge the reader's perception of what it means to be Australian, and what it means to be a global citizen.' Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright"
'After finishing this book, I imagined a different story, one recounting the journey of a family with an entry visa, setting out on an aeroplane or a ship, landing or docking safe and sound in a country where they can make a new start.
These are known as "safe and legal pathways" and Amnesty International calls on the international community to provide them to those fleeing war, torture and persecution. Routes over land, air or sea that would save people having to entrust their lives to crime rings, which is otherwise the only possibility that remains open to them.
I imagine Armin Greder would enjoy writing it but he cannot. Because today he needs to tell the story of that shared sea that has become a mass grave: the Mediterranean.
Unfortunately, there is also a third story to tell: a story of silence, one with no protagonists. That is how it will be if the European Union succeeds - through "cooperation agreements" with African countries - in moving its sea borders much further south. Then there will be no more deaths (at sea). And we will eat our fish in peace.'
Spokesperson, Amnesty International Italy
Hace mucho tiempo, en un país lejano en el que el invierno podía durar hasta tres años, vivía una mujer. La mujer tuvo un hijo al que amaba. Lo amaba tanto que decidió que su hijo no viviría las cosas terribles que suceden en la vida. Abandonó su hogar y su ciudad, y construyó una casa en un lugar al que no llegaban los caminos ni los puentes. Ella cuidaba de él y eran felices. Pero una noche la mujer murió…