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“The suitcase makes a poignant metaphor for the stranger’s memories of a home left behind. The tension builds as the animals make sense of their discovery and the stranger dreams of the hardship and loss he has endured before finally waking up…In a show of empathy and understanding, the animals glue his teacup back together and re-create his old home. The stranger, no longer a stranger, has found friends and a new home.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

The Suitcase

Written by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
Illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
Published by HMH Books

When a weary stranger arrives one day, with only a suitcase, everyone is full of questions:

Why is he here?
Where has he come from?
And just what is in that suitcase?

To learn the answers, they can either trust the newcomer or discover what they risk by not believing him.

A story about hope and kindness, truth and perception–and most importantly, about how we treat those in need.

Primary ISBN: 9780358329602

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee

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