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Kisses on the Wind

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Finding ways to keep a loved one with you helps to ease the pang of separation in this timeless, deeply touching tale.

The wagon is packed, and Mama and Papa are ready to begin the long journey to Oregon, but Lydia isn’t ready to say good-bye to Grandma. Who will braid Lydia’s hair each morning and tell her stories? Who will build boats with her made of twigs and leaves? How can you possibly say good-bye to someone you love so very much? Set in the time of the great westward ...

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Overview

Finding ways to keep a loved one with you helps to ease the pang of separation in this timeless, deeply touching tale.

The wagon is packed, and Mama and Papa are ready to begin the long journey to Oregon, but Lydia isn’t ready to say good-bye to Grandma. Who will braid Lydia’s hair each morning and tell her stories? Who will build boats with her made of twigs and leaves? How can you possibly say good-bye to someone you love so very much? Set in the time of the great westward expansion, this poignant story speaks to every reader who has ever been parted from someone he or she holds dear. It tells of a love that is big enough to span impossible distances — yet small enough to be carried inside our hearts.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
As her Papa and Mama load their covered wagon for the trek to Oregon, Lydia says goodbye to the house and cats but, as she tells us, she cannot bear to leave her grandmother and move a thousand miles away. Grandma tells her that it is okay to cry. But grandmother will be picturing all the good times they have had together to help with the pain of missing her. Then Grandma gives Lydia a book in which she has written all the stories she has told her over the years. "Now you will always be with me," she says. They will be thinking of and loving each other every day. After a big hug the family is on their way. As they leave, Lydia sees Grandma sending her kisses "on the wind," and she sends them "right back." The visual story is introduced on the front of the cover where Grandma is holding Lydia on her lap with the house and covered wagon in the distance. On the back is a small vignette in a circle of the final hug. Brown's sentimental watercolor illustrations are naturalistically detailed. The various interactions picture the deep emotional attachment of the family. Youngsters today who must move away from their grandparents can well relate to the heartache of our past history shown here. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Moving to Oregon and away from her beloved grandmother saddens a young pioneer girl. While her mother and father pack their belongings in a covered wagon for the thousand-mile trip cross-country, Lydia hides in the barn. She is enticed outside by her grandmother and they spend time together remembering the past and planning how to make their separation easier for them both. Grandma has written down the stories she's told Lydia since she was a baby and gives her the small book so the child won't forget. "'Now you'll always be with me,' I said. 'And every day I will think of you and love you.' 'And I'll be loving you,' said Grandma." After making and sailing a bark boat, having her hair braided by her grandmother one last time, and sharing thoughts about leaving, the little girl and the older woman are ready to part. One last kiss on the wind as the wagon pulls away creates a bittersweet ending. Soft, pastel watercolor illustrations gently depict the close-knit family and the homestead in the vast countryside with rolling hills as a backdrop. This is a poignant tale about changing households and the universal emotions that accompany this stressful situation.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
This quiet tale examines the division of families and the ensuing sorrow brought about by westward expansion. While Lydia's family packs the wagon for their trip to Oregon, she longs to stay behind with her grandmother. Moser explores the nature of loss and fear of the unknown through Lydia and Grandma's conversations as they prepare to say goodbye. Contrary to the customary "chin up" attitude, this sympathetic story allows room for a child to grieve. Grandma counsels Lydia to "let those tears come," and only after that does she offer Lydia the tools to manage her sadness, which includes bringing along a memory book filled with Grandma's stories. Brown's muted watercolor illustrations complement the gentle theme of the tale. Her soft, pastel-hued paintings evoke a bygone era of calico dresses, sunbonnets, sweeping prairies and unpopulated landscapes. This soothing and wise tale holds universal appeal for any child coping with change. (Picture Book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763631109
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 782,095
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Moser is the author of many books for children, including THE MONSTER IN THE BACKPACK, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, and SQUIRREL'S WORLS, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev. Lisa Moser lives in Wisconsin.

Kathryn Brown is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including MY LITTLE GRANDMOTHER OFTEN FORGETS by Reeve Lindbergh. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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