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HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 10/24/2023
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5609-8
Price: $ 17.99
40 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8.25 x 11
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A moving allegory of immigration and hospitality.

One day, the brothers Zzli come to the doorstep of a little girl named Welcome. Welcome has plenty of room in her big, empty house, and the travelers—who have come from far away—make good pancakes and even better company. But others in the forest find this new family strange, even dangerous. When the bears invite their neighbors to a big party, only Welcome’s friend the bat shows up. Soon after that, a policeman knocks on their door, threatening to destroy the brothers’ beloved beehives. Maybe Welcome and her friends need to find someplace that might accept three bears, a bat, and a girl like her: somewhere to call home at last.

With charming, delightful illustrations reminiscent of vintage children’s classics, The Brothers Zzli invites readers to join a bear family’s search for belonging in a world that views them with suspicion. This poignant story will spark lasting conversations about the impact of prejudice, the struggles of refugees, and the responsibility we have to our neighbors—especially the new ones.

School Library Journal
“A unique and touching take on the subjects of immigration and intolerance, welcome in collections alongside Yuyi Morales’s Dreamers and Issa Watanabe’s Migrants.”
The Horn Book Magazine
“The serious themes are balanced by Boutin’s decorative, stylized illustrations (with many festive scenes embellished with berries, vines, and flowers) in a palette reminiscent of old-fashioned color-separated art.”