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.
Graham employs language that emphasizes lovely quiet moments and the continuous, slow passage of time, as "the seasons kept turning," and "moons passed many times overhead." The lovely, softly toned illustrations beautifully complement the text…Lovely to look at and to ponder, best suited to children of a philosophical bent. —Kirkus Reviews
Lovely, sweeping views take in all that happens to the golden ring after it lands in a seaside meadow…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. —Publishers Weekly
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. —Booklist