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King of the Sky

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I have trouble wrapping my mind around a homesick boy relating to a bird that always knows its way home. This second collaboration between author Nicola Davies and illustrator Laura Carlin, following the successful The Promise is another sensitive and subtle picture book. Evans (mostly due to their shared interest in racing pigeons, although I must admit that I would have much preferred a different type of shared hobby being depicted in King of the Sky as I am on an emotional level rather majorly against breeding and racing pigeons for sport and leisure, just like I am also against falconry and hawking), personally I have found King of the Sky both rather dreary and gloomy and equally not really informative enough with regard to in particular the young boy's immigration status. The illustrtions show the dense smoke of the mining town and then this contrasts with the warm relationship between the boy and elderly man.

The zoologist's latest offering puts a decidedly quirky twist on her years of experience: POOP: A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE UNMENTIONABLE is a fun, fact-filled guide to the fascinating world of poop across species. A boy is now far from his Italian home and only one thing in this new place reminds him of Italy and where he used to live. He told the young boy how he likes to see the pigeons free as he used to see them when he worked underground in the mines. The Bookseller * "In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy comes to terms with his life in a strange country far, far from home. There’s a gorgeous illustration of the boy crouched down, surrounded by pigeons (dreaming of his home back in Rome).The ending helps the reader realize that when you can welcome someone home, then you, yourself, are home.

But the book never appealed to me to re-read it, there’s just something about the look of the pictures that felt a little too depressing. This will seems like a heartless process, but that how they train their children to overcome their challenges and pains.Although I do very much appreciate how the homesick young boy in King of the Sky (an immigrant to Wales from Italy) is befriended by the elderly and increasingly infirm former miner Mr. There's much here to resonate with current world events and it's one of the most visually stunning books of the year. He also tells the boy how clever the pigeons are and that they find their way home again on their own. And indeed she did--as part of a pair of scientific expeditions, one to Newfoundland at the age of eighteen and another to the Indian Ocean a year later.

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