The Day War Came by Nicola Davies
The Day War Came by Nicola Davies reinforces the themes of conflict, courage, fears, immigration, perseverance and tolerance.
As a girl sits in school, she is oblivious to the helicopter in the distance. “At first, just like a spattering of hail, a voice of thunder… than all smoke and fire and noise I didn’t understand.”
Returning home all she finds is a blackened hole. Alone, she follows a stream of refugees escaping over fields, roads, mountains. Reaching a makeshift town of huts the girl finds a dark corner to rest. “But war has followed me. It was underneath my skin, behind my eyes, and in my dreams. It had taken possession of my heart.” Exploring her environment she is met with suspicion and doors shut in her face.
Coming across a school she bravely went inside. The teacher told her “There is no room for you, you see. There is no chair for you to sit on. You have to go away.” In her hut, she hides under her blanket, exhausted and desolate. Woken by a knock on the door she finds a boy holding a chair. “It was a chair. A chair for me to sit on and learn… And drive the war out of my heart.” It wasn’t the only chair. All the school children brought a chair for each refugee child.
The Day War Came Resources
- Book Trust: The Day War Came: telling the story of child refugees
- British Red Cross: Conflict and its consequences teaching resources
- Candlewick Press: Discussion Guide
- Centre for Literacy in Primary Education: Teaching Ideas
- CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals: Visual Literacy notes
- The Guardian: The Day the War Came – a poem about unaccompanied child refugees by Nicola Davies
- Learning to Give: Refugees: Finding a Place (K-2)
- Refugee Week: Educational Resources
- Walker Books: The Day War Came Classroom Ideas
The Day War Came Videos
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