With one last hug, Windrush child says goodbye to his grandmother and the shores of his Caribbean home before embarking on an adventure across the ocean—under a sky full of promise—to an unknown horizon. With sensitivity and tender lyricism, world-renowned and multi-award-winning poet John Agard narrates the epic story of a child's voyage to England aboard Empire Windrush. Joyous illustrations by debut artist Sophie Bass richly evoke the changing landscapes and the uncertainty, courage, and hope of those who step into history—and travel far in search of home.
Internationally acclaimed poet John Agard recalls the journey made by the thousands of Caribbean children and their families who traveled to Britain between 1948 and 1971 as part of the Windrush generation.
Off to a new Adventure
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The Author’s note helped tremendously in understanding that this story embraces the time period between 1948-1971 when many Caribbean families moved to Europe and became known as the Windrush generation. Rereading it in that context helps to see the author is showing the hopes and fears of a child undertaking the journey and adjusting to life in Europe. The illustrations are whimsical and the color palette is bold and reminiscent of the Caribbean. This is a great way to learn about an aspect of history that might be unfamiliar to some and to imagine what that would have been like.