Book Review, Picture Books

We Sang Across the Sea by Benjamin Zephaniah & Onyinye Iwu

We Sang Across the Sea: The Empire Windrush and Me by Benjamin Zephaniah and illustrated by Onyinye Iwu is the inspiring story of Mona Baptiste – a singer and actress born in Trinidad in 1928. At the age of 20, she travelled to England on the Empire Windrush wanting nothing more than to sing. She worked hard to make a name for herself, never compromising who she was meant to be.

This biographical picture book is bright and lyrical. Every poetic rhyme flows smoothly when read aloud and is so pleasing on the ear. An incredibly positive tale, it focuses on the dreams of those who gave up everything to pursue a new life of adventure.

We Sang Across the Sea is the perfect picture book for introducing Windrush Day (22 June) to children in EYFS and KS1. With links to geography, PSHE and the history of so many British people, it is incredibly versatile and will be used again and again.

Thank you to Scholastic for this beautiful book!

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