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King of the Sky

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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. She is a Zoology graduate, an expert in whales and bats, and has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit.

The book's message of loneliness and friendship is there for everyone, but the book also deals with alienation, immigration, and the decline of former industrial-centered towns (mining in this case). The unlikeliest of people help the child to regain his identity, someone who also had to make changes and become accustomed to a different way of life. Just one thing reminds the boy of home - the racing pigeons belonging to his neighbour, Mr Evans (a retired miner). Pigeons make my heart sing - and reminded me of a poignant picture book, the award-winning King of the Sky by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin (Walker Books 2017). Also lots of pigeons die during their flights home and it's kind of considered cruel to race them nowadays.A gorgeously illustrated picture book for older readers, King of the Sky is a story about immigration, friendship, and the meaning of home. Graduating with a degree in zoology, Nicola once worked as a presenter on the television programme The Really Wild Show . I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly!

A breathtaking new picture book by children's author Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin, winner of the Bratislava Illustration Biennale and the Bologna Ragazzi Prize for Illustration. Mr Evans had told him he was a good bird for distance flying and they filled out the form for him to go on the train to Rome and fly a thousand miles home. 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.Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives.

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