A mother’s kiss follows a child from playtime to the hidden corners of his dreams in this debut children’s book.
Dahlseng depicts an evening experience most parents will recognize, featuring an adventuresome child who isn’t quite ready to go to bed. The boy’s primary tactic to delay his bedtime is hiding in unusual places where his mother can’t find him. She looks for him in haystacks and flower beds, but he manages to sneak away to the meadow. Without a trace of frustration, the mother assures him that even if she can’t catch him herself, she can blow him a kiss that will follow him into slumber. The title appears as a refrain as the mother searches for her son and during his adventures while sleeping. His charming romps expand to include children everywhere, in their dreams and at rest in cozy places around the world. Illustrations show children frolicking in meadows and across deserts, then curling up under shells at the bottom of the ocean and on clouds in the sky. The mother’s kiss floats on a continuous stream that weaves through each scene’s background—a pastel-colored plume that sparkles and shimmers with unconditional love. The story concludes with a wisp of divine intervention, as God’s kiss floats down on the sleeping boy’s bed, with the same power of love as his mother’s. The final page then offers a biblical verse (Romans 8:38-39) about God’s universal love. Full-color illustrations with clean lines show timeless settings around the world, as young boys and girls tend sheep, float on rafts and wrestle with sled dogs. All of Tufan’s characters have thick hair, doe eyes and slender limbs—features that feel similar to those of animated characters in kids’ movies. Italicized words work well as points of emphasis, particularly when reading the book aloud. Although the story’s simple structure deviates little from that of the opening scene, its easy rhythm and bright pictures will likely entertain youngsters, including infants and toddlers.
An uncomplicated depiction of maternal love aimed at Christian readers.