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King of the Sky

King of the Sky

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This is a slow, dream-like, tender story of what it means to make a new home whilst always honouring the one left behind. This second collaboration between author Nicola Davies and illustrator Laura Carlin, following the successful The Promise is another sensitive and subtle picture book. The exceptional combination of Nicola Davies's zoological expertise and her first-rate children's writing is apparent in her remarkable catalog of award-winning titles. This is an unusual story, timely indeed, although the pictures of war and the landscape make it seem historical. An exquisitely moving picture book for an older age group that displays extraordinary depth in an ordinary tale of a boy moving to a new place and trying to make it feel like home.

Together they pin their hopes on a race across Europe and the special bird they believe can win it: King of the Sky. A brilliant book for exploring and understanding how immigrants and refugees might feel in a new country, and how we can help them to find their place. 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.

It fills you with warmth, a sense of understanding, and a want for the little boys pigeon to win the race. Evans and watches his pigeons soar “above the chimneys and the towers, up to where the sky stretched all the way to Italy.

In my life, one of the most inspirational animals is the eagle which is known as " the king of the bird kingdom". There are many layers to explore in the text, such as the boy’s ability to understand a different language through the soft speech of his new friend, the different foods he eats, and the growing friendship with the old man. It seems that immigration means the loss of everything familiar and being faced with everything new and undiscovered. Laura Carlin's soft-focus illustrations convey flight, solitude, companionship, smog, landscape and memory with an elegiac beauty. Interestingly, also, there's no indication of when this story takes place - after one or both of the World Wars (carrier pigeons on the battlefields are mentioned), and there are trains and steamships, and a couple of images of kettles being heated on stoves - so it could take place anytime between (my own personal guess) 1918 and now.The Times, Children's Book of the Week * "Nicola Davies tells a poignant tale of friendship and love, of displacement and loss, of hope and home. I don’t mind the message in this book at all, I think it’s very relevant to our times and as the daughter of immigrants I feel it needs to be told. 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. This will seems like a heartless process, but that how they train their children to overcome their challenges and pains.

In this way, the imagery doesn’t overpower the Welsh street’s reality, which feels heavy, solid and concrete. If you are under 16, please obtain your parent/guardian’s permission before submitting or ask your parent/guardian to submit on your behalf. Complement the soulful King of the Sky with The Blue Songbird — a very different but kindred avian-inspired parable of homecoming — and Carson Ellis’s illustrated meditation on the many things home can mean, then revisit physicist Freeman Dyson on how immigration effects a loneliness in time as well as space and Hannah Arendt on the immigrant plight for identity. About the Author: Graduating with a degree in zoology, Nicola once worked as a presenter on the television programme The Really Wild Show.The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street are not written by this Nicola Davies.

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