Story Boat | Kyo Maclear | Picture Book | Empathy - Alder & Alouette

Story Boat by Kyo Maclear

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When you have to leave behind almost everything you know, where can you call home? Sometimes home is simply where we are: here. An imaginative, lyrical, unforgettable picture book about the migrant experience through a child's eyes.

When a little girl and her younger brother are forced along with their family to flee the home they've always known, they must learn to make a new home for themselves -- wherever they are. And sometimes the smallest things -- a cup, a blanket, a lamp, a flower, a story -- can become a port of hope in a terrible storm. As the refugees travel onward toward an uncertain future, they are buoyed up by their hopes, dreams and the stories they tell -- a story that will carry them perpetually forward.

This timely, sensitively told story, written by multiple award--winner Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Sendak Fellowship recipient Rashin Kheiriyeh, introduces very young readers in a gentle, non-frightening and ultimately hopeful way to the current refugee crisis and empathy. 


  • Written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh.
  • Published by Tundra Books; February 4, 2020
  • Ages 3 to 7 years
  • 0.6" x 10.1" x 8.2" (1lb.) 40 pages
  • Hardcover


Praise For Story Boat

"Even among many excellent recent picture books about refugees, Maclear's story stand out . . . Kheiriyeh's gorgeously playful illustrations add to the human hopeful message." --New York Times