The Tear Thief

The Tear Thief

Title: The Tear Thief
Author: Carol Ann Duffy
Illustrator: Nicoletta Ceccoli
Publisher: Barefoot Books (2011)
ISBN: 9781846866227
Every night, the Tear Thief collects the tears of children and stores them in her silvery sack. One night she comes across a crying girl who sees the thief’s reflection in a puddle and questions what she does with the stolen tears. The Tear Thief explains she pours them into the moon so it glows brightly in the night sky, but only tears of genuine sadness are worthy. “The girl looked up. For one brief, magical moment she could see the Tear Thief again, pouring and pouring her sack of tears into the light of the moon. It was so bright that tears came to her eyes as she looked.” Some editions include a CD with narration by the actress Juliette Stevenson.

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