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The Gift
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 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
on 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2011
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
on 16 January 2011
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
on 9 March 2011
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
on 22 August 2011
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
on 18 November 2011
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 March 2013
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2011
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2012
Alison for Big Book Little Book

This book looks at the whole life of a girl who one day went for a picnic, found a clearing and decides that this is where she wants to be buried. It sounds quite morbid but it really isn't. It's a book that celebrates life and all that happens within it. The story highlights the main event in the girl's life, there is little to no character development, in fact we never even find out the girl's name, but that doesn't matter. Part of the magic of this book is that it could be about anybody. All through the book, and therefore her life, the girl returns to the clearing. She plants flowers and creates stone towers in order to really make the place her own, until she returns there last, in her dreams, on her deathbed. The ending to this book is really bittersweet. This is another that it's quite difficult to put an age too. It is aimed at younger children, but I think it would take a certain amount of emotional maturity for them to really understand and enjoy it.

The illustrations are a delight. They are in a single colour on each page and the colour reflects the mood of the page, which almost gives it a dreamlike quality. Whilst there aren't huge amounts of detail in specific objects and people there is so much going on within the pictures. This means the book can be read time and time again and the reader will still find new things within the pictures. This is a big plus point as the nature of the story means that it's difficult to get really involved with it so it was good that I found that the pictures really brought it to life.

Verdict: A bittersweet story of the circle of life backed up by truly delightful pictures.
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