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A Sky Full of Kindness [Hardcover]

Rob Ryan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Book Description

13 Oct 2011
With magical, intricate papercuts Rob Ryan tells the story of two birds about to become parents for the first time. From the hopes for their unborn child to the fears about their own state of readiness, A SKY FULL OF KINDNESS captures the intense and contradictory feelings of an unconditional love.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444723413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444723410
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Delightful...Ryan tells his tale entirely through exquisite cut-paper illustrations...the pictures are nothing less than extraordinary.' (Sunday Telegraph)

'We love Rob Ryan's paper creations. Made from delicate cut-out shapes, bright prints and accompanied by sharply witty words, his work is guaranteed to make you smile.' (Elle)

'Rob Ryan does magic.' (Marie Claire)

'Every page is a wonder, with something to delight in. The more the look, the more you see.' (Telegraph)

'Heartbreaking' (Independent)

'Stunning...his original style is universally renowned' (Time Out)

'A dazzling union of concept and craft' (Big Issue)

'Beautiful and moving' (Sainsbury's magazine)

'Charming' (Harper's)

'One for the heart' (New Statesman)

'Heavenly' (Easy Living)

Book Description

A uniquely told story of unconditional love by paper-cutting superstar, Rob Ryan.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Picture Story 22 Oct 2011
A Sky Full of Kindness - by Rob Ryan
Sceptre 16.99
Reviewed by Leyla

It's a long time since a picture book made me weep - I'm thinking
when Babar's mummy was shot in the jungle when I was about four. But
the tears I shed at Rob Ryan's new picture cuttings book were those
that saps like me leak at the sweetly poignant end of films where
love finally trumps great adversity.

If that makes Ryan's new book sound like a bundle of sentimental
schmaltz, think again. Ryan, who is an acclaimed artist and illustrator
who cuts his pictures out of different types and textures of paper, is
no Hallmark bathos barterer. He has collaborated with designers like
Paul Smith and Lulu Guinness and those at Liberty, his charming works
have graced the homes of designers and celebrities, and he has
illustrated both a children's book by Poet Laureate
Carol Anne Duffy called The Gift, and his own fairy story, This is For

A Sky Full of Kindness features the beautiful birds that
flit charmingly through much of his work and is a story along the lines
of The Little Prince or Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, guaranteed to
appeal to those of all ages. The purity of the story belies its wisdom -
it can be read on two levels, a literal one for children, where it is
an adventure story with a happy ending, and an allegorical for
adults, where it touches on many universal themes. It tells the simple
but moving tale of a couple of birds in love and expecting their
first child.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great present for new parents or a new baby 27 Oct 2011
A really beautiful book telling a glorious story about two birds becoming parents for the first time. The paper cuts are exquisite and the prose delightful. This is a very special picture book about the hopes and fears of becoming a parent and then the wonderful unconditional love that parents feel for their children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's lovely! 1 Dec 2011
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It's just great. Wonderful to look at, a touching story and highly recommended even if, like me, you are not the sentimental type.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 8 July 2014
By W
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Beautiful to look at, wonderful to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a sweet story... 3 Dec 2013
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...and a perfect gift for expectant or new parents. Rob's paper cuttings are so intricate and beautiful too. A great buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK 17 Dec 2012
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.They loved this book as a gift for them as well as for their new baby
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4.0 out of 5 stars sound 21 Feb 2012
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a great book to give & be enjoyed, will generate nice warm feelings all round. great price, easy to order, quick delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sky Full Of Kindness 16 Jan 2012
By naaaan
I bought this book not knowing quite what to expect, on looking at it briefly I thought it might suit my 8 year old grand daughter. She loves it and so does her mum, they read it together at bed time . I,m looking forward to borrowing it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice book but just printed no paper cuts featured
Published 1 day ago by Ari
3.0 out of 5 stars good gift
Nice book. Not as lovely as the other rob ryan i had read, however this was a gift for new parents and i believe they liked it
Published 1 month ago by cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written!
Lovely book to be given to a first time mum. Very beautifully written and the perfect gift. Very pleased with the purchase!
Published 18 months ago by Vix
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful.
This is another one of Rob Ryan's wonderful works of art. Bought this for my daughter. Wanted to keep it for myself. Was well wrapped for posting and arrived in perfect condition. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr. Elizabeth Ann Andersson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ...
books I have ever read and the ilustrations are fun of life. I definitely recommned this book. Everyone should read this book, and age color and believe, to become a better person!
Published 20 months ago by ppaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, magical, sweet book!
I loved this book. The work that has gone into the illustrations is worth buying the book for but the story is very sweet too. Read more
Published on 26 July 2012 by Casboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
A wonderful story, beautifully illustrated in Rob's usual style. If you like Rob's work this is definitely worth adding to the collection. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by David Lumm
5.0 out of 5 stars Mister Rob's Excellence
This book is amazing, not just because of the magical paper patterns of Mister Rob but because it has a lovely story to tell, one that teaches the reader a lesson. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by NataliaC
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