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The Most Important Gift of All
The Most Important Gift of All
by David Conway
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story, 18 May 2006
This is a beautifully written and illustrated story that accentuates an array of emotions felt by a child who experiences the birth of a baby in the family. This story takes us on a journey through an African village as a little girl, Ama, searches for love - to give love as a gift to her new brother. On her quest to find this special gift, she encounters a weaverbird and a giraffe, but it is the wise ancient lion who assists her in her quest. Ama loses her way in the valley and this could symbolise Ama's feelings about the new arrival.
The splendour of this journey lies in the girl's wonderful discovery of 'love'; she knows she has found the gift of love as she is embraced in the arms of her father, who weeps with joy to find his beloved child; a child who now is no longer lost. As Ama joins her family and her new baby brother, the gift of love surrounds the family, and permeates through the village as love is expressed through songs, dance and celebrations.
The author skilfully captures emotions and the reader is urged to join Ama in her search for the most important gift of all.
This story will appeal to children and adults of all ages as it sensitively acknowledges a child's understanding and acceptance of a new arrival in the family. Along with this, the narrative resonates beautifully with the illustrations which together bring the story alive.
Highly recommended for any age group- heart-warmingly superb!

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