When a strange-looking animal arrives pulling a big suitcase, the other animals are curious. What on earth could be inside that suitcase? A teacup? Maybe. A table and chair? Perhaps. A whole home and hillside with trees?
This stranger must be fibbing! But when the animals break into the suitcase and discover a very special photograph, they begin to understand what the strange creature has been through, and together they create a very special welcome present …
This book is suitable for children between 2 and 5 years of age.
The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is a touching, timely tale about the importance of kindness and understanding. It is a great book to explore the ideas of home, empathy and friendship with young children. Use this pack to encourage children to think about important themes in the story through both discussion questions and suggested activities. The Suitcase was shortlisted for the 2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is originally from Bradford and studied illustration and graphic design at Bradford College of Art. In 2000 he moved to France where, amongst other things, he was an English teacher before working in newspaper layout and design. When his children were small he realised he loved the picture books he read to them, sometimes even more than his children did – the Picture Book Bug had truly bitten. Chris has since written and illustrated several books and is currently thinking about the next one, probably with a cuppa in hand at home near Limoges. He likes listening to and making music, wandering around the countryside, a bit of running and riding a bike. His favourite season is autumn and his favourite colour is green.