Khaled Hosseini’s new book, Sea Prayer, was one I put off reading for a little while because although is masquerades as a simple picture book, I knew it was going to also be just a little bit heartbreaking.
Sea Prayer was inspired by Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian refugee who died at sea, trying to reach safety. Hosseini has dedicated this book to the thousands of refugees who have met their end at sea, fleeing war and persecution.
The simple but powerful words in this book are paired perfectly with the illustrations of Dan Williams, who captures the brightness of pre-war life, as the colours and illustrations slowly darken with the drastic change of stability in their lives.
It is hard to fully capture the essence of this book in words, its prose and imagery are so tightly entwined that to try explaining seems almost futile. I do wholeheartedly believe that this short book is more than worth the time it would take you to read it, and comes as an extremely timely reminder of what these refugees are fleeing from. It is a reminder to show kindness, always. A reminder that our lives are something to be cherished, and the comfort we are so lucky to live in should never be taken for granted.
Rating: I think the world would be a better place if everybody picked this book up. It will only take 10-15 minutes of your time, though it may linger in your mind much longer.
AU Release Date: 18 September 2018
Have you read any picture books for adults? Which ones and what did you think?
Until next time,
Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.