Happy Book Publication Year to Hope and Freckles Fleeing to a Better Forest by Bill Kiley and illustrated by Mary Manning.
Hope and Freckles are a baby and a mother deer who live in the Olden Forest. The Olden Forest was becoming dangerous for Hope and Freckles. The summers were hotter, there was less food and water and the persistent threat for life from other carnivores and hunters. Hope, Freckles and other deer walk to the Big Pine Forest to take refuge but the guards don’t let them in because the Forest had enough white-tailed deer. When they plead to let them in, they separate Hope and Freckles. Freckles is taken to another family and Hope lives in a fenced area waiting for her child. Will Hope see Freckles again?
This book explains with animal characters and eye-catching images, the immigration scenario in United States and other countries. It is a good book to teach children why people take refuge, why they are denied entry to a new country and also their suffering when children are torn from their parents and hopefully reunited later.
I was surprised to learn that the author is a retired Deputy Police Chief and also a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army. At the age of 70, he published this picturebook for his granddaughters. This is the first book in the series.
In the preface the author mentions that this book is dedicated to the almost 26 million refugees and to the asylum seekers around the globe. These people are driven from their homelands by war, violence, hunger, corruption, extortion and other reasons. May the free countries of the world find ways to share their abundance and welcome the stranger who flees danger/oppression.
Thank you to @netgalley and @mascotbooks for the ARC.