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King of the Sky

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I hear you - I also invite you to expand your understanding of what a picture book can be (and who they are for). For yes, as an immigrant myself, I certainly am more than a bit wondering about the specific reasons as to why the boy and his family have moved from Italy to Wales in the first place.

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TLDR: You're safe — there are no nefarious "third parties" lurking on my watch or shedding crumbs of the "cookies" the rest of the internet uses. A powerful and beautifully illustrated story about migration and the meaning of home, from the award-winning team behind The Promise. At first he feels like he doesn't fit in - everything looks, sounds, and smells different, and no one speaks his language.

Observer * "An Editor's Choice in hardback, the story of a young immigrant boy and an old man who races pigeons offers a very humane and timely slant on current world events. Bronnie is so lovely with the boys and we also felt that having a man enthusing about the books set a great example.In sum: a powerful picture-book, one I would recommend to those looking for deeply felt children's stories that address themes of loneliness and alienation, friendship and solitude, the human connection to the world around us, and the immigrant experience. The illustrations all look like pastel drawings and they depict the dark and gloomy atmosphere of the mining town (a place that didn’t feel like home to the boy) very well. Kirkus * "It is a book filled with foggy skies and dominated by struggle, and yet it spells out the miracle of the homing pigeon's instinct and its metaphorical force. The message of the book is very relevant to today’s world with lots of immigration into this and many other countries. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.

The story is about a young boy who moves to a different country and cannot speak the language and feels like he doesn't belong. Peter, a young Italian boy and his family emigrate to a remote, Welsh mining town, and he finds himself feeling displaced and out of alignment with his new home.

The little houses that "huddled on the humpbacked hills," the chimneys that smoked, the streets that smelled of mutton soup and coal dust, the unfamiliar words in everyone's mouths - all of these things together, tell the boy: "This is not where you belong. This is a slow, dream-like, tender story of what it means to make a new home whilst always honouring the one left behind.

In my life, one of the most inspirational animals is the eagle which is known as " the king of the bird kingdom". I haven't charted out my visits for the summer term, but I'm sure there are several in the south) and thanks so much for being so fantastic! Evans on train trips, releasing the pigeons at various stations along the line to let them race back home, taking them a little farther each time.

The illustrations were quite interesting in the smudged and hazy effect that permeates the pages, perhaps a link to the child's perception in feeling that he does not belong. I have no staff, no interns, not even an assistant — a thoroughly one-woman labor of love that is also my life and my livelihood. The book is in fact endorsed by Amnesty International because of its message of belonging and having a right to a home. The boy is lonely and everywhere he looks around him makes him feel like he doesn’t belong in this country. All that said, although this is a very beautiful book, what really made the reading experience extraordinary for me was Welsh author Nicola Davies' story, which moved me to tears on more than one occasion.

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