KISSES ON THE WIND by Lisa Moser

KISSES ON THE WIND

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3110-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2009




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