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King of the Sky

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I genuinely really loved the friendship between the two characters as they both appeared so much happier once the other one came into their life. One day, as he watched a crumpled old man with a cane and a smile like springtime release his pigeons, the man spoke to him "I like to see them fly. Intentional or not, Carlin points out with her striking attention to this detail that pigeons are actually beautiful. The child becomes attached to a pigeon in which they seem to journey together to finally feel at home together. With little connection to where he used to live, the child is lost and uncertain, only feeling that he belongs at the small reminders of his previous country.

When King of the Sky is entered in a race from Rome to Wales, the question of his success or failure ends up holding great significance.A young Italian immigrant, newly arrived in Wales, finds the gray, rainy landscape around him alien and unfriendly.

Evans to life with her lyrical, tightly-constructed text, using vivid figurative language and deft characterization. When he learns that Mr Evans’ pigeons travel as far as Italy, our main character dares to become attached. We like the end papers best, these were covered with lots of paintings of different types and colours of pigeon, we enjoyed choosing our favourites. Striking mixed media artwork combined with a timely message for anyone struggling to fit in in a strange and seemingly hostile place make this a strong purchase for large collections and/or curriculums with a global focus.But that's beside the point because little ones won't care about that, and it's up to the caretaker if they want to talk about alternative humane pigeon husbandry practices. One day, the perfect race for King of the Sky emerges — the bird would go all the way to the boy’s native Rome by train, then race more than a thousand miles back to the humble Welsh loft.

A gorgeously illustrated picture book for older readers, King of the Sky is a story about immigration, friendship, and the meaning of home. Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and alone – until he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons. The illustrations are muddy and smudged—fitting for their coal town setting—and reveal their details only upon closer perusal. Peter, a young Italian boy and his family emigrate to a remote, Welsh mining town, and he finds himself feeling displaced and out of alignment with his new home. Nicola Davies's seemingly boundless enthusiasm for studying animals of all kinds has led her around the world--and fortunately for young readers, she is just as excited about sharing her interests through picture books.Powerfully affecting, eloquent and ultimately elevating, her compelling text has, as with The Promise, its perfect illustrator in Laura Carlin. This is so much important in our personal life and professional life when we are establishing relationships. Mr Evans became too ill and eventually couldn't race the pigeons any longer so the boy put their rings on their legs, took them on the train and set them free. Steered north and west, finding his direction from the sun and the force that guides a compass needle. Mr Evans chose one of his pigeons, and told the little boy that it was going to be a champion racer.

This will work for group readings, but will be much more special for one-on-one sharing, where readers can absorb the language and pore over the detailed, nuanced pictures. Together, the boy and Mr Evans train Re del Cielo and the rest of the flock by sending them to stations up the rail line - a little further every time. Kirkus * "It is a book filled with foggy skies and dominated by struggle, and yet it spells out the miracle of the homing pigeon's instinct and its metaphorical force.This is the story of a young immigrant boy from Rome, who hasn't learned much English yet and who feels not yet feel like he belongs in his new home in Wales. Nicola Davies' beautiful story - an immigrant's tale with a powerful resonance in our troubled times - is illustrated by an artist who makes the world anew with every picture. Would have worked beautifully as a fiction book too, as I'd have liked to learn more about the boy's family, their life in Italy, and the old man (Mr Evans) and his life. The somewhat smudged mixed-media illustrations carried that sense of not belonging, but evoked a sense of time and place for me.

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