Home by Karen Hendriks and Alisa Knatko

Karen Hendriks has penned an uplifting story of overcoming adversity in a book inspired by her own family’s history of heartbreak after World War 2. It’s a story of hope, strength and staying connected.

War ends, yet its dark shadow remains, a family is forced to flee their home. As they journey through hunger, long cold nights and homelessness, a heart locket whispers words of hope. And a country that’s faraway calls for those that are no longer wanted. It offers new beginnings and a precious place, once more to call home.

Delicately told with heart, from the perspective of a little girl, clinging to the belief that, with the hopeful whispers of her heart locket, her family will find a new place to belong.

Home is where the heart is

This picture book of historical fiction paints a picture of emotion, through its language and illustration, that people of all ages will appreciate.

A perfect way for kids to follow a poignant story of the past, but also to learn about never losing sight of what’s important. A story of resilience, hope, strength and the power to believe.

Alisa Knatko’s illustrations beautifully capture the shade and the light of despair, hunger and uncertainty.


Author: Karen Hendriks

Illustrator: Alisa Knatko

Publisher: Daisy Lane Publishing, 2021