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The Tear Thief Hardcover – Illustrated, 14 Sep 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd (14 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184686044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846860447
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Just as the Tear Thief takes away children's tears and, in so doing, lessens the causes of them, so this dreamy and poetic story will have a calming effect on all those who hear it.' --The Guardian

'The varied angles and perspectives give a real sense of flying, and the delicate brushwork conveys to perfection the moistness of tears, glitter of puddles, and sparkle of stars.' --Scholastic Child Education Plus

'When the Tear Thief comes upon a little girl crying because she has lost her dog, she befriends the girl and dries her tears. As the story progresses, young listeners may begin to wonder why the Tear Thief collects tears and what she does with them, and in a soothing resolution, they find out.' --Booklist

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, was short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year, 2000 and her latest collection, Rapture was the winner of 2006 T.S. Eliot Prize. Carol Ann lives in England with her daughter, Ella. The Tear Thief is her first authored book with Barefoot. She has also written the introduction to The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems Nicoletta Ceccoli was born and still lives in San Marino, Italy, with her family and two pet hens. Since studying at the State Institute of Art in Urbino, she has illustrated a number of children's titles for prominent Italian publishers. Selected three times for exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, Nicoletta was awarded the prestigious Andersen Prize in 2000, honouring her as the best children's book illustrator in Italy.


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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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Utterly charming and beautifully illustrated. My 7 year old was raving about this book ever since it was used by her teacher in year 2, as a text for creative writing.
Now she has her own copy, she is flicking through it all the time.
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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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The Tear Thief is a dreamy, fairy like character, almost a shadow. With waxen but childish features and clothes, she isn’t at all frightening but mystical and gentle. She climbs into homes collecting the tears of all children who are crying. But it is the tears of those children who are genuinely sad that are the most precious and, by the end of the book, the reader will discover the magical reason why.

The gorgeous illustrations and charming story make this a book for children to treasure. They will return to it time and time again, finding something new to discover each time they look at the stunning illustrations and listen to the story. A modern fairytale, it is perfect to share with a child who is upset or enjoys a beautifully written tale. More able readers of 8 or 9 years old will love exploring the richness of the language and I can envisage teachers using this book as a model to help junior aged children write their own modern fairy tale.
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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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This is written in US English, therefore I cannot (and will not) use it with my class. Although it's an amazing story, for the simple fact that I am now unable to use this book - unless I only read it aloud, for which my class are too old - I can only give it one star. I really wish Amazon would state when publications, etc., use US English rather than British English. Many outside of the education profession would argue that this does not matter, but when you're trying to teach children British English correctly, with many children who struggle with basics such as spelling, then it's important these things are correct. I really do wish a British English version were available!
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