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King of the Sky

King of the Sky

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It was such a pleasure to meet you both, and I really appreciated how smoothly and professionally you ran everything. This is a slow, dream-like, tender story of what it means to make a new home whilst always honouring the one left behind. Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and along - till he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons. It is a beautiful book which could perhaps be used to help an immigrant child, who is missing their home.

It's just my personal opinion but this book wouldn't have stood out for me to read when I was younger. The little boy (who despite being the narrator is never actually named) eventually feels like he is at home in Wales.It's hard not to give away the whole plot of the story, and I won't, but through racing the pigeon the boy learns to feel like he belongs in this country despite being an immigrant. This book is wonderfully illustrated by Laura Carlin; the faded and smudged pictures made me think of lazy days. TLDR: You're safe — there are no nefarious "third parties" lurking on my watch or shedding crumbs of the "cookies" the rest of the internet uses.

But a friendship with an elderly neighbour who races pigeons may just be what the boy needs to find his new home.

The child becomes attached to a pigeon in which they seem to journey together to finally feel at home together. The illustrations all look like pastel drawings and they depict the dark and gloomy atmosphere of the mining town (a place that didn’t feel like home to the boy) very well.

Some of my personal favourite lines include 'little houses huddled on the humpbacked hills,' and 'finding his direction from the sun and the force that guides a compass needle. 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. What made this book so amazing for me was the amazingly language that Davies used, which made the book even more emotional. I’m trying to sort of match them up, as opposed to outweigh one another,” explains Carlin in an interview.It is only when he makes an unlikely friend, an old man who lets him fly one of his pigeons in a race, that he learns how he can belong. It seems that immigration means the loss of everything familiar and being faced with everything new and undiscovered. This is an interesting and very relevant book but I’m not sure if it’s one children will enjoy as much as adults. 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.

Just one thing reminded me of home — of sunlight, fountains, and the vanilla smell of ice cream in my nonna’s gelateria. The birds link the boy with home - a connection that deepens when the old man gives him a pigeon to hold.The writing in the book (by author Nicola Davies) is simple yet beautiful and evocative - the opening line 'It rained and rained and rained' - along with the powerful illustration of grey, dull, miserable landscape - perfectly captures the boy's sense of alienation - as he goes on to say - 'All of it told me this is not where you belong'. Also lots of pigeons die during their flights home and it's kind of considered cruel to race them nowadays.

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