Truly a book for our troubled times this is a perfect example of how quality picture books can work with multiple age groups and audiences. Published to coincide with National Refugee Week this powerfully empathetic text shows the importance of kindness to strangers and is a plea for welcome, tolerance and understanding. When a strange- looking animal arrives pulling a suitcase, the other animals are curious and questioning. What is in his suitcase? His answers leave them even more puzzled. A teacup? A wooden table and chair? A wooden cabin? On a hill surrounded by trees? He must be fibbing! Exhausted he falls asleep and the animals shamefully talk themselves into opening his case. What they find there shocks them to the core and they understand just what the poor creature has been through. What they do then is what takes the reader by surprise and fills you with joy and hope for humanity. The illustrations are simply superb! The black expressive line, the positioning and the body language of all the creatures speaks louder than words. The colour of the creature compared to the woodland hues of the other animals subtly indicates difference. The sepia tones used to show his memories and past life contrast with the brighter colours of the end result of the animal’s actions. An important and truly heart-warming text that will inspire lots of valuable discussion.