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The Gift [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Carol Ann Duffy , Rob Ryan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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1 Oct 2010
The exceptional talents of Carol Ann Duffy and papercut artist Rob Ryan combine to present the story of a girl's journey through life and the desires that shape it. With a kind of magic that is timeless, The Gift speaks to everyone who wonders about the mysteries that lie at the heart of the human experience. A unique gift book for all ages by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this lyrical text about life, love and art is accompanied by stunning papercut illustrations. The Gift portrays the cycle of life in a subtle, accessible way while exploring themes of birth, death, love and the importance of family and friends.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd; 1 edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846863546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846863547
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2005, she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture. In 2009, she was appointed Poet Laureate.

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Carol Ann Duffy is an acclaimed poet and playwright, who has also written many picture books. Her book of children's poetry, Meeting Midnight (9780571201204) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year, 2000 and her collection of poetry, Rapture (9780330433914), was the winner of the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize. She has also written The Tear Thief (9781846860447) published by Barefoot Books in 2007 and shortlisted for the 2007 Red House Children's Book Awards. Carol Ann lives in Manchester with her daughter, Ella. Rob Ryan studied at Trent Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. His characteristic work combines elements of illustration, poetry and intricate paper cutouts. In addition to his own projects, Rob has collaborated with and been commissioned to work alongside many prestigious names such as Paul Smith, Tatty Devine, Liberty and more recently Fortnum & Mason. His shop 'Ryantown' on East London's Columbia Road has allowed further development into a range of handmade products, including screen-printed tiles, laser cut wooden keys and a seven-foot ruler for measuring fast-growing children.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 10 Jan 2011
By Kay
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an exquisite book with beautiful pictures and carefully crafted text. It brought tears to my eyes. It's one of those books that stays with you long after you've read it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift. 16 Jan 2011
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A Beautiful publication. It is so suitably titled. I am amaized that it appears to be only available from book sellers in the USA.It will be a collectors item if not republished. C.A.Duffy and R. Ryan, the illustrator deserve awards for this book.
Wasn't C.A.Duffy the poet lauriate? Why doesn't a UK publisher or distributor adopt this publication and give it the publicity it warrants
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream of life fulfilled 25 Jun 2011
This book was given as a gift as a gift for a young teenager who loved its theme and the lovely design of the book. Upon reading it, I found the theme of the circle of life enormously touching and inspiring. The language is direct but is deceptive in its simplicity. This is a book which deserves a very wide audience in that it is at once a love story and a story of faith in the future. This is not a book to be limited to a specific age group; it has universal appeal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and delightful. 22 Aug 2011
By RachelD
I bought this for my daughter-in-law, and she was delighted by it. I can see why - quite apart from the poetry, the artwork is exquisitely imaginative and detailed. Something to savour on many levels, a joy for children and adults alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The pictures make the book 6 April 2012
A strange story, with sinster undertones and a poets use of words "bees prayed for honey" "the query of an owl", making me wonder who this book is aimed at. It's too wordy and disturbing for a very young child and yet it has a picture book feel. The pictures however make it. Detailed, cutouts which interpret the story, but because they're in a book they are "flat" and the medium doesn't therefore do them justice. Rightly the book has been nominated for the 2012 Greenaway medal. Carol Ann would be better sticking to poetry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful magic prose 18 Nov 2011
My husband bought this for me as a gift, knowing how much I love Rob Ryan's illustrations. My greatest joy, however was reading this magical story and feeling the tears in my eyes as I read it. The next day I took it into school, to read to my class (Year 4) and they were all spellbound, many of them guessing the twist at the end. It has since been passed around school, and I've become an avid Carol Ann Duffy fan, with or without Rob Ryan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book 18 Nov 2011
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I bought this as a present for a friend, and she loves it. The illustrations are just beautiful and the book makes a great gift for someone you care about. One to keep and pass on to your children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the gift 16 Dec 2011
By minder
Thought the illustration was wonderful, as the story enfolded I was expecting a very different ending, it was quite a surprise, i didn't think it fitting giving it to certain people, friends who are very ill etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great gift for a child / young adult. Impressive illustrations.
Published 3 days ago by Miss L D Tunney
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
How could it be anything else! This is a lovely story told by a wonderful poet.Carol Ann Duffy never fails to impress.
Published 4 months ago by peepo
5.0 out of 5 stars The gift
lovely lovely book I plan to plant my own wild life garden and the end is sooo lovely well worth buying I plan to buy more of these books
Published 8 months ago by topsy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift
I'm a Collector of Rob Ryan's books and the books he does with Carol Ann Duffy and this book is one of there collaborations. Lovely story and great illustrations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by vickie
2.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations
Arrived on time and in excellent condition. However the story is slightly weird and creepy it is not appropriate for children as suggested.
Published 12 months ago by Katie Witherspoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous
Beautiful touching story and beautifully illustrated by Rob Ryan. Bought as a present i am sure they will be delighted
Published 13 months ago by Mrs P
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
It is what it says on the front. it will be a gift for my daughter she's 19 and away at university. I hope she loves it as much as i do!
Published 16 months ago by Diz Iz
5.0 out of 5 stars The Circle of Life
The Gift is a unique and beautiful book and suitable for all ages. The simple sentence structure means that it is accessible to younger readers, although I think a child would... Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Colley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations
I bought this book because I love Rob Ryan's work and it doesn't disappoint. The story is lovely but more for adults I would say.
Published 21 months ago by Whizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut outs
Love this style of artwork. Very skilled and beautifully produced story. Full of interesting detail. I bought it as a gift but kept it!
Published 21 months ago by sheila
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