I fell in love with Rob Ryan a couple of years ago when I saw the beautiful intricate work he produces and I am proud owner of one of his coffee cups thanks to a birthday present given to me last year, I treasure it and hate to see other people drinking out of it.
I was flicking through the Barefoot Books catalogue and The Gift caught my eye. I recognised immediately the hand of Rob Ryan on the cover and reading the description I was even more intrigued.
The exceptional talents of Carol Ann Duffy and papercut artist Rob Ryan combine to present the story of a girl’s journey through life and the desires that shape it. With a kind of magic that is timeless, The Gift speaks to everyone who wonders about the mysteries that lie at the heart of the human experience.
The insert on the front cover reads ‘In a quiet town, of a sort not found these days, lives a beautiful young girl. One summer day, she visits the woods with her mother and father. While her parents prepare the picnic, she seeks out buttercups and daisies for a flower necklace. As she does so, a wish forms in her mind – and to her surprise, a silver-haired woman appears, ready to grant it.’
The story is of the girl’s journey through life and the desires that shape it and it speaks to everyone who wonders about the mystery of life.
The Gift by Barefoot Books (£12.99) would be perfect for all ages, I love it so much that I will be keeping it for me but inviting the girls on to my knee so I can read it with them and help them understand the circle of life. The story touched somewhere deep in my soul and it’s one to refer back to time and time again when the going gets tough or when you need a little comfort that, as hard as life can be at times, it’s still worth it.
In my opinion this book would be perfect for any child who has suffered the loss of a family member as it clearly shows the circle of life and the continuity of life as we know it but in a gentle and captivating way.
Each page has beautiful pictures by Rob Ryan making the book a work of art to treasure and to be inspired by, it’s beautiful, add it to your Christmas list this year and share it with the children in a sit with me moment. You won’t regret it.