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Title:
The poesy ring
ISBN:
9780763698843
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
"When a heartbroken young woman throws a gold ring into the wind in 1830, it settles in a meadow, and there it stays for seasons -- and the years -- pass. But the ring's journey is just beginning, and as time goes on, it moves at the mercy of the natural world: flung across a field, tilled into the soil, dropped from the mouth of a magpie into the sea where countless tides wash over it. Will the ring, inscribed with the words love never dies, end its journey at the bottom of the ocean? Or does it have a greater destiny?" -- Jacket.
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Cast into the wind, a gold ring makes its way across the world in this heartwarming saga, Bob Graham's ode to romance and love.

When a young woman with tears in her eyes throws a gold ring into the wind in 1830, the ring settles in a meadow, and there it stays as the seasons pass -- and then the years. But the ring's journey is just beginning, and as more years go by, it moves at the mercy of the natural world: caught in the hoof of a young deer and flung across a meadow, tilled into the field of an unknowing farmer, dropped from the mouth of a magpie into the sea where countless tides wash over it. Will the ring, inscribed with the words love never dies, end its journey at the bottom of the ocean? Or does it have a greater destiny? Ever the master of weaving exquisite stories from the most unexpected threads, Bob Graham gives readers yet another collection of quiet moments that together form a transcendent, heartfelt tale.


Author Notes

Bob Graham is the author of many extraordinary and critically acclaimed books for children, including How to Heal a Broken Wing, The Silver Button, How the Sun Got to Coco's House, and Home in the Rain. He lives in Australia.


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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Award-winning Graham (Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child) constructs a story around one lost object, a poesy ring, and the events that happen to it until it is rediscovered more than 100 years later. While young children may not know what a poesy ring is, the inscription "love never dies" engraved on the inside clearly evokes that it is a ring of commitment and adults sharing this story have an opportunity to discuss new vocabulary and customs with children. Illustrated in ink, watercolor, and pastels, the artwork beautifully reflects nature, for the ring spends much of its time outdoors throughout the story. Initially lost in Ireland in 1830 by a woman weeping bitter tears, the ring ends up next to a fallen acorn from a boy's pocket. Storms pass and wildlife creep by before a mighty oak grows to its full potential. Graham's art is magnificent; small details sprinkled throughout provide a sense of time passing, while it seems like no time for the ring since it doesn't change. Eventually, a farmer exposes it and a bird picks it up and drops it into the ocean. After many years, one fish swallows it before it is caught by fishermen. When the fish is opened, the poesy ring is revealed and sold. It is now 1967 in New York City and two street musicians enter the pawn shop and buy the ring. No matter how much time has passed or oceans crossed, love still holds true. VERDICT This is a real gem and so lovingly rendered, it should be a first purchase for all libraries serving children.-Rachel Zuffa, Case High School, Racine, WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Graham (Home in the Rain) takes as his subject a gold poesy ring, "given for friendship and love," with the words "Love never dies" inscribed on its inner face. The opening endpaper bears an image of a woman on a rearing horse and the tantalizing words "County Kerry... 1830./ Bitter tears were shed,/ and a ring was thrown." Lovely, sweeping views take in all that happens to the golden ring after it lands in a seaside meadow. A nearby acorn becomes an oak; the ring gets wedged in a fawn's hoof, nabbed by a starling, then swallowed by a fish. A fisherman recovers it and sells it at a New York City pawn shop, where, in 1967, a street musician buys it and slides it onto his partner's finger before the two walk the city in the snow. Graham focuses on the passing of time and the slow action of the natural world; in contrast to the sweet, pudgy human figures, softly tinted landscapes are airy and graceful. And the ring's survival through space and time is a powerful symbol for the enduring force of love. Ages 2-5. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

On the west coast of Ireland (ca. 1830), a lady tosses her ring into a seaside meadow. There it remains unnoticed for many years, until a deer transports it to a field. Additional years pass before a bird picks it up and drops it into the ocean, where a fish swallows it. Once the fish is caught and sold, the ring lands in a New York City pawnshop, where (in 1967) subway buskers Sonny and Jules purchase the poesy to celebrate their love. Graham's latest heartfelt offering (dedicated to ""Carolyn. Us. 50 years"") explains the concept of a poesy ring (given in friendship and love since the Middle Ages) by highlighting the adventures of one. Graham's characteristic ink, watercolor, and pastel illustrations focus mostly on the natural world in and around the sea. Blues and greens predominate, with the ring (inscribed with the words ""Love never dies"") spotlighted in glowing yellow, and its journey revealed through a mix of paneled scenes and double-page vistas. An elegantly lyric and thoughtful paean to the endurance of love.--Kay Weisman Copyright 2018 Booklist