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Each night, in the hours between supper and bedtime, the Tear Thief carries her waterproof, silvery sack as she steals the tears of every child who cries. But what does she do with all those tears? This warm, poignant, and beautifully illustrated story offers a thought-provoking message and a starting point to share children's emotional experiences.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Barefoot Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Storywraps
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful book is a modern day fairytale and will give kids the chance to discuss and understand why people cry. We do not always cry because of sorrow but sometimes from pain, jealousy, anger and guilt. The words of the book are lyrical and the artwork is truly exceptional and whimsical.

A little invisible sprite, you can only see in puddles, spends the hours between supper and bedtime loitering on the chimney pots of houses around children's houses trying to capture their tears when they
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Becky
This is one of the best children's books that I have ever read! The story is about an invisible spirit (possibly a fairy), who collects the tears of children and uses them to light the moon. It's very whimsical, and well written. The Tear Thief is a must-read.
Zoe Basil
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, poignant and moving, a wonderful tale to read to a young child dealing with a spectrum of emotions. The illustrations are breathtakingly soulful too. A perfect bedtime read.
Aviecayl Uy
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
"The Tear Thief" by Carol Ann Duffy is an original and creative read about a tear thief who collects the tears of children. What I liked most about this was the way the tear thief was described physically - the way her physical characteristics were told, including her clothes, as well.
Maxine Purdy
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Tear Thief is a dreamy, fairy like character, almost a shadow. With waxen but childish features and clothes, she isn’t at all frightening but mystical and gentle. She climbs into homes collecting the tears of all children who are crying. But it is the tears of those children who are genuinely sad that are the most precious and, by the end of the book, the reader will discover the magical reason why.

The gorgeous illustrations and charming story make this a book for children to treasure. They
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Kerri
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Biblioteca Lardero
¿Qué hace el ladrón de lágrimas de las lágrimas que roba?Un cálido y emotivo cuento ilustrado que nos presenta una nueva manera de compartir las emociones de niños y niñas. Cada noche, justo después de la cena y antes de la hora de acostarse, la Ladrona de Lágrimas se echa a la espalda su saco impermeable y plateado y, sigilosamente, roba las lágrimas de los niños que lloran.Pero, ¿qué hace con todas esas lágrimas?¿Y por qué las lágrimas de verdadera tristeza son las más especiales de todas?
Anna Louise
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! The magic of this special book is in seeing children immediately relate to and grasp the different reasons why people cry. They begin to understand that tears aren't always because of sorrow, but also because of pain, jealousy, anger, even guilt, and that each reason is 'different', with sorrow being the rarest of them all. Beautiful illustrations!
Amanda
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a beautifully illustrated story about a girl known as the Tear Thief...she magically collects the tears of children. All of them are different colors, and the most precious tear of all is the one that comes from genuine sadness. Once the Tear Thief's bag is full of tears, she has a very special use for them. The pictures and tone of this book are truly captivating!
Lisa
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
A wonderful story and beautiful illustrations by my favorite artist.

The theme of this book is emotions and opens dialogue with children to discuss their different feelings (anger, frustration, sadness).
Joenna
Mar 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: preschool
The tear thief goes from house to house, listening for children crying. She collects their tears in a bag, and every night, throws the tears on the moon. This creates a bright moon with beautiful moon beams.
Gabi  Benitez
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, 2016
a beautiful story about where comes from moonlight. Beautiful writing and extremely cute and amazing illustration. Please, read this to your children, they'll enjoy it so much, and probably will thank you later.
Adinda
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: prentenboeken
Een mooi, dromerig verhaal met prachtige illustraties die een beetje aan de stijl van Benjamin Lacombe doen denken. Met cd, maar die heb ik nog niet geluisterd. Wel handig om jonge kinderen aan de Engelse taal te laten wennen.
Heather
I wanted to love this story, but it just felt so cold to me. What a disappointment because the illustrations are so lovely.
Emelda
Jan 29, 2009 rated it liked it
The illustrations were beautiful! A cute story about "the tear thief", a magical girl who steals children's tears, no matter what the cause.
Rodillagrande
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I have read too many Beast Quest books recently so this was a wonderful change. The words are lyrical and the illustrations are truely beautiful.
Deanna
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great story. The illustrations are so wonderful.
heidi
Mar 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sweet story about where our tears go. Fabulous fabulous artwork.
Tina Scott
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-to-ryver
I love this book and so does my son. We read it often. Beautiful descriptions and a great story. We have been to see a puppet show of this book, which was just as enchanting.
Kathleen
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The art is breathtaking. My kids loved the connection to tears and precious gems. It's OK to cry - your emotions are not to be hidden away
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Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009.

She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position.

Her collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; Selling Manh
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