THE GIFT by Carol Ann Duffy

THE GIFT

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Age Range: 6 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

The United Kingdom’s poet laureate offers a quiet but powerful musing on the circle of life and the arc of art, married to the precise loveliness of Ryan’s papercuts. On a picnic in the woods with her parents, a girl looks up from making a flower necklace to see an older woman, who promises she will be buried there when she dies, in return for the necklace. The girl returns often to the spot, planting bulbs and placing special stones, even as she grows, falls in love and begins a family. She has “art in her hands” and makes her living painting. Throughout her life she returns to the profusion of flowers and herbs with her children and then her grandchildren. At the end, she dreams of the clearing and the promise. The papercuts are detailed and beautiful, each page done in a single striking color; each flower, stone, bird, window and silhouette figure is static yet vivid with energy. While the story might be more for adults than children, younger readers will love the exquisite images, time and again. (Picture book. 6-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84686-355-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Barefoot
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010




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