The Poesy Ring: a love story – Bob Graham

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Walker Books Australia

ISBN: 9781406378276
Imprint: Walker
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99\

 

This one had slipped through the cracks but certainly not by intention! I love Bob Graham’s books and this one is no exception.

It is the story of the travels of one Irish poesy ring from the time it left the hand of its teary owner as she rode across the downs in 1830 flinging it away until it fetches up in a New York pawnbroker’s shop in 1967.

Demonstrating yet again that he has the ability to create a seemingly simple picture book which actually takes the reader across time and space to deliver a beautiful and poignant message, Bob has created yet another to-be-classic.

Aside from the ring’s own journey what a beautiful way to explore the passing of time, the changing of landscapes and the shifting of circumstances to young children. And how many readers will be thrilled to think about the possibility of hidden forgotten treasures not to mention wondering if the ring – with its inscription of “love never dies” will fulfil its destiny of belonging to someone much loved.

In a broader sense this could well explore the idea that we all wind up where we are meant to be – no matter how long it takes.

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