The Colour of Home, Paperback
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Hassan feels out of place in a new cold, grey country.

At school, he paints a picture showing his colourful Somalian home, covered with the harsh colours of war from which his family has fled.

He tells his teacher about their voyage from Mogadishu to Mombasa, then to the refugee camp and on to England.

But gradually things change. When Hassan's parents put up his next picture on the wall, Hassan notices the maroon prayer mat, a bright green cushion and his sister Naima's pink dress - the new colours of home.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780711219915


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I had a strong, visceral reaction to this book. The story of Hassan, a young immigrant from Somalia, is full of tragedy. Life in his new home in England seems gray. However, as the story progresses, colour begins to reenter his life and the story ends on a warm, hopeful note. The book is full of gorgeous, expressive paintings that give readers a deeper glimpse into Hassan's experience.