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The Suitcase

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"At a time when over 65 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, this beautifully illustrated and wise, gentle tale of tolerance and kindness for fellow humans resonates deeply. I hope all parents share The Suitcase with their children." - Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

"A simple, powerful way to introduce the idea of kindness to strangers to
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Nosy Crow
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Yasemin Yener
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve first read this book in a book fair a few years back before it was out. I’ve read and re-read it for many a people since then. Just recently, I’ve read the Turkish edition. Every time -it being more than 10 times- I read it, I burst into tears. Even though I know what will happen and how it ends, I cannot help myself.
I cannot believe how impressive, emotional, and relatable it is. If it has the ability to affect an adult, urging, nay, forcing her to be kinder, more understanding,
Michelle Boston
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous story that I will be using in my class over the next 2 weeks. Day 1 I shall put a suitcase into the middle of our carpet and let those little minds run free with ideas. I cannot wait. This is a well earned 5* book. Thanks to the author for emailing my colleague with a picture we needed from the book.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly beautiful book about choosing kindness introducing the concept of compassion to children

Littlefae declared this book ‘Divine’ and I particularly adored the use of colour throughout. The selected colours match up to the animals even with the typeface used to indicate their speech. This visual link is great for children to understand about dialogue and is also great for younger children to match up the words to the creature and the concept of taking turns using different voices etc
David  Ballard
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A strange and weary creature turns up with only his suitcase and it’s contents for his belongings. But what exactly is in the suitcase? The other animals want to find out.

The book parallels the issues of displacement, refugees and mistrust of strangers. Thankfully it all ends with the benevolence and kindness needed to overcome such barriers.

The illustrations are distinctively styled and skilfully minimal. A good use of bold colours against a mainly white background also add to the impact.

May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Vibrantly illustrated, The Suitcase tells of a stranger arriving with a suitcase. The contents, as well as the stranger is in dispute. Ultimately though the story is about acceptance and kindness.
Dylan Teut
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The absolute perfect picture book about empathy and compassion for refugees and asylum seekers. Made me cry.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Books that carry layers of meaning are often the ones that stick in our mind and invite us back. This is certainly the case with Chris Naylor-Ballesteros' 'The Suitcase' which tells the story of an unusual creature whose arrival intrigues the settlers (a fox, a bird and a rabbit(?)). With him, he brings a heavy suitcase and although he is 'dusty, tired, sad and frightened', the natives, although courteous, are more interested in its contents. When he is asleep, one them decides to break in and ...more
Izzy Street
A strange creature turns up carrying only a suitcase & the other animals are overcome with questions about who this creature is and what could be in his suitcase. The story teaches about how kindness and compassion are always the right choice and would be an accessible way to discuss the topic of refugees with young children. The colours of the animals correlate with the font colour of their speech which makes it clear which animal is speaking. Therefore, this would be a useful book help ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the illustrations, and the overall message that you should help people who need help, there is an implication that the "stranger" has maybe suffered from mental health problems and fallen on hard times, but I was slightly disturbed that none of the other animals felt that strongly about breaking into his property, and there didn't seem to be any consequences for their appalling behaviour. You could argue that they made it right by building him a new house, but then they all sat down and ...more
Marta Quer
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: infantil, amistat, migraci
La història que hi ha dins La maleta és una història dolça d'amistat i d'acollida.
Tot comença amb un animal estrany, amb una maleta estranya. I uns animals que no es fien del què els diu l'animal estrany. I que fan coses que no haurien de fer. Però, el millor de la història és quan s'adonen que s'han equivocat, i per arreglar-ho donen al seu nou amic allò que li falta.
Explicat així potser és una història complicada, però els dibuixos d'en Chris Naylor-Ballesteros converteix aquest àlbum en una
Catherine Voyer-Léger
Magnifique ouvrage sur la différence, l'étranger, l'accueil. À lire à nos petits pour les inciter à l'ouverture devant ce qui peut sembler inquiétant au premier abord. Je ne pensais jamais avoir les larmes aux yeux devant un dessin de tasse...
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raccontare in maniera semplice l' accoglienza
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Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is an English illustrator and author who lives in France.
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