Everything looks grey and unfamiliar to Hassan, as he begins his new life in a strange new school. He’s in a cold, rainy country and his teachers and classmates speak a language he cannot understand. He paints scenes of the sun-splashed memories of Somalia that he and his family have left behind, as well as the effects of the war.
Gradually, as Hassan settles in to his new surroundings, he begins noticing glimpses of the colours that remind him of the country he has left behind.
The issue of asylum and refugees is sensitively handled in this poignant story, expertly portrayed by Karin Littlewood’s award winning illustration.