Written by Veronica Salinas
Illustrated by Camilla Engman
Translated by Jeanne Eirheim
Publication Date August 10, 2013
This deceptively simple book about adapting to new situations will appeal to children who are just starting school or daycare, children who are about to move to a new home, or children who are learning a new language.
In this delightful picture book, a small duck finds itself in a place full of unusual creatures who speak an unfamiliar language. Eventually, it meets an animal whose big feet are a bit like its own. And with a friend by its side, the small duck soon can feel at home.
The illustrations are gently humorous, while the simple text affirms the importance of knowing who you are and being open to change. Without making unrealistic promises, this story reassures children that, with time, they can adapt to any new environment and make new friends to explore it with. And if, as happens to the little duck in this story, those new friends have to leave, the child, like the little duck, will be able to greet the next wave of newcomers with compassion and generosity.
Veronica Salinas is an author, dramatist and actor. She studied theater and Portuguese in Buenos Aires, and she holds a master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese literature from the University of Oslo. The Voyage is her first children’s book.
Camilla Engman is an illustrator and fine artist. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions and publications all over the world. She studied at the HDK School of Design and Crafts, and now lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden.
"[T]he wit and inventiveness of the artwork make this voyage memorable." New York Times
"Salinas’s musings on the subject of change will resonate especially with those who’ve had to move to a new home or immigrate to another country." Publishers Weekly