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New children’s book explores the refugee’s experience


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

August 14, 2020

Crocodile’s Crossing: A Search for Home,” a 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, written and illustrated by Yoeri Slegers, 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 wherever books are sold.

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

 Flyaway Books, Special to Presbyterian News Service

Today’s Focus:  “Crocodile’s Crossing: A Search for Home,”  Book

Let us join in prayer for: 

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Jeannette Larson, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Jeffrey Lawrence, Presbyterian Mission Agency

Let us pray:

 Loving Spirit, you bind us to yourself and to one another. Send us into this world joyfully proclaiming our risen Savior, that the world might know your boundless love as it is lived out in us. Amen.