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The Tear Thief [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Carol Ann Duffy , Nicoletta Ceccoli
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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1 Sep 2009
Each night, in the hours between supper and bedtime the Tear Thief carries her waterproof, silvery sack over her shoulder as she soundlessly steals the tears of every child who cries. But what does she do with all of those tears? Education Market: Aligns with National Curriculum Fantasy/Imagined Worlds category and Stories that Raise Issues/Personal, Social and Emotional Development. It is a modern tale that illustrates a classic message which teaches children to value true feelings.

Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846863945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846863943
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 has written a fairy story imbued with magic that is perfect to read aloud' - Guardian * 'It's a delightful idea, magically brought to life by Nicoletta Ceccoli's luminous and sensual illustrations' --Child Education Plus

About the Author

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 latest collection of poetry, Rapture (9780330433914), was the winner of the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize. Carol Ann lives in Manchester with her daughter, Ella. This is her first project with Barefoot Books. Nicoletta Ceccoli was born and lives in The Republic of San Marino with her two pet turtle doves. Featured several times at the Bologna Children's Book Festival, she has twice won the prestigious Andersen prize for the best Italian children's book illustrator in 2001 and 2006. She has also illustrated the popular Barefoot titles An Island in the Sun (9781841481937), The Faerie's Gift (9781841489988), Little Red Riding Hood (9781841486215), Princess and the White Bear King (9781841483399), and The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales (9781841487984).

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures, beautiful story 4 Dec 2008
This book tells the story of the Tear Thief, who is a fairy-type person who collects children's tears for a magical purpose, and through the breathtaking illustrations and dreamy narrative we learn why genuine tears are the most precious of all. My children sat wide-eyed through the first reading and demanded it again the next day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotions and Transformation 28 Nov 2009
What captivated me about this story was the way in which the Tear Thief is depicted, both in the language and in the illustrations. The Tear Thief is an invisislbe sprite whose task in life is to collect tears and use them to make the moon shine at night. She is not always invisible though - you can see her reflection when she is in front of water or glass or another reflective material. Also, when she collects a child's tears, the child's mood changes for the better, so really she is a transformer. When a little girl who is crying about her lost puppy sees a strange and beguiling elfin creature reflected in a puddle, the two of them start a conversation. The Tear Thief tells the girl that she collects tears and that she really wants some of hers, because they are genuine tears of sadness, and these tears are the most precious of all. The girl gives her some tears and soon afterwards, she finds her puppy. The ending is lovely and I am not going to reveal it - you have to buy the book! you will not be disappointed; it is spellbinding.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful! 13 Sep 2010
I really enjoy Carol Ann Duffy's poetry for adults and children, so I was interested to read this book for younger children. The reviews were encouraging. I sent for the book and was not disappointed. I am a primary school teacher and collect 'special books' to share with young children. This one definately goes into my book box. The language is gorgeous, sprinkled with similes. It almost made me cry. I can't wait to read it to the children. The illustrations are wonderful and really enhance the book. Do buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tear Thief 16 Nov 2009
By Shauna
This was a delightful story for children about tears and the many emotions and circumstances that cause us to cry. It is also another visual treat from Nicoletta Ceccoli. It was a really good book for little children who are sensitive and prone to crying, as they are sometimes made to feel like they are crybabies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible. 3 Sep 2012
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I read this to my 4 year old daughter tonight - we both loved it. The story is wonderful and the illustrations simply beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book 7 Jun 2011
I bought this book as a present for a 5 year old girl and for also for my 5 year old son and they both loved it. What more, it is a pleasure for an adult to read this together with the children as the language is beautiful and is wonderfully complemented by good illustrations. I believe that the children can return to this book even when the are older and still enjoy the unique poetic story.
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