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New children’s book explores the refugee’s experience

‘Crocodile’s Crossing’ introduces immigration in an accessible, hopeful way

by Flyaway Books | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — “Crocodile’s Crossing: A Search for Home,” a brand-new picture book from Flyaway Books, sensitively exposes readers to the struggles faced by refugees.

“Crocodile’s Crossing” tells the story of a crocodile who becomes a refugee when he is forced to flee his homeland. After a long hard journey, he finds a community of mice who welcome him and his family with open arms.

The book is ideal for children ages 3-7. It features playful, expressive artwork that takes place in a setting that applies to various cultures and geographic regions. A complimentary downloadable discussion and activity guide created in partnership with Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities of Louisville, is also available to readers. The guide will help encourage conversations around refugees and immigration and it is available for download at

Kirkus Reviews calls “Crocodile’s Crossing” “a wide-eyed, open-hearted evocation of a refugee’s experience.” Foreword Reviews noted that the book explores “the struggles and concerns facing immigrant families with sensitivity and a touch of playfulness.”

“Crocodile’s Crossing: A Search for Home” is now available for purchase where books are sold.

About Yoeri Slegers

Yoeri Slegers is an author and illustrator known for his imaginative stories and expressive art. In addition to creating picture books, he designs CD covers, draws comics, and leads workshops for aspiring illustrators. He lives in Belgium. For more information, visit

About Flyaway Books

Flyaway Books is a picture book program dedicated to themes of diversity, inclusivity, compassion and kindness. Visit for more information.

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