Windrush Child: The Tale of a Caribbean Child Who Faced a New Horizon

Candlewick. Apr. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781536228533.
Gr 2-4–Poetic language with vibrant illustrations tells the story of the Windrush Generation. Back matter adds further detail to the immigration story that began in 1948 when the Empire Windrush sailed from the Caribbean to Great Britain, bringing the first of thousands of immigrants who arrived between 1948 and 1971. The journey is seen through the story of one boy and his parents who make their new home in Britain while never forgetting the island and people they left behind. The story is of a specific group of people, but the universality of the immigrant experience is easily recognizable in the journey and acclimation to a new place. Illustrations in pen and gouache capture the vibrant scenes of the Caribbean, the journey, and the arrival in England, as well as the emotions of the characters young and old.
VERDICT Children in the United States might not have any knowledge of the Windrush Generation and its enduring impact on British culture, but for many, the experience of leaving home and starting over in a new place will be very familiar. A recommended purchase.

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