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Starred Review:

Mexique

A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War

2020 INDIES Finalist
Finalist, Picture Books, Early Reader (Children's)

This fictionalized firsthand account of the passage of the Mexique, which carried 456 Spanish children to the safety of Mexico during the Spanish Civil War, is a potent reminder of an echoing historical crisis. The welcoming flowers of a mother’s dress contrast with harsh, scratchy lines of pointed guns and falling bombs in the book’s black and white illustrations, which are scattered with touches of peach and rusted red. To Mexique’s child observer, “war is a very loud noise” that never quite stops rumbling in the distance.

Reviewed by Danielle Ballantyne

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