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King of the Sky

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He develops a bond with a retired miner who keeps racing pigeons and the boy comes to a fresh understanding of the meaning of belonging. Re Del Cielo," the "King of the Sky," is sent to Rome by train to participate in his big race and fly back to Wales.

At last, the downpour ends and the boy runs outside to squint at the sky, into the clouds of fragile hope.The book is a gentle meditation on loneliness, courage, and finding your place in the world when you feel out of 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. The stunning illustrations capture the Welsh mining valley and St Peters Square, and the emotions those places evoke in the young boy. 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.

A New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book for 2017, with hand-lettered text as well as beautiful blurred, impressionistic mixed media illustrations by Royal College of Art graduate Laura Carlin. 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.It is my consolation when I see what greets me in the mirror each morning, people won’t remember what car I drove or what I wear - they will only remember how I made them feel.

The illustrations were quite interesting in the smudged and hazy effect that permeates the pages, perhaps a link to the child's perception in feeling that he does not belong.

Davies recognises this - her sensitive, uplifting tale about find your place in a new strange new land could just as well be about a refugee as it could any child moving to a new town. Thereafter, when Mr Evans gifts the boy Re Del Cielo, the boy has something to hold onto, something familiar, his own. Evans on train trips, releasing the pigeons at various stations along the line to let them race back home, taking them a little farther each 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.From places far away, places that they’d never been, the pigeons flew home straight and fast as arrows.

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