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The Gift Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2010

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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: 23 x 1.1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,349 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Howells on 25 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Book chatter on 6 April 2012
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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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kay on 10 Jan. 2011
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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 12 people found the following review helpful By (Cyril the Squirrel) on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By linniebinnie on 9 Mar. 2011
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Very nice book about the cycle of life. Not as long (I read it in about 10 minutes) or insightful as I thought it would be, but all the same I enjoyed it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RachelD on 22 Aug. 2011
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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 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 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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By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2013
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The Gift is a unique and beautiful book - and it's suitable for all ages. The simple sentence structure means that it is accessible to younger readers, although I think a child would benefit by sharing and reading this book with an adult, in order for them to understand it. The story follows a young girl's journey through life and reveals what things in her life brought her happiness. It's a deep and meaningful story and explores the themes birth and death as well as focusing on the importance of love and family. The lovely descriptions of woodlands, nature and flowers, along with the stunning illustrations by Rob Ryan, gives the story a dream-like quality.
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