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Kisses on the Wind Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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About the Author
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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"I can't go to Oregon," Lydia said, "I'll miss the stories you tell."
Then Grandma reached into her apron pocket and gave Lydia a small brown book. "I wrote my stories down for you. When you miss me, you can read them." Then Lydia hugged Grandma a long time. She breathed her in deep, so she would not forget.
"I have to go," Lydia said.
"I know," said Grandma. Grandma stood at the gate as the wagon rolled away, and touched her hands to her lips. She flung her arms open wide, and sent kisses on the wind.
Lydia sent them right back.
It's hard to read this book aloud to a child who is dear to you without becoming choked up. You think what it would have been like to say goodbye to your loved ones, perhaps never to see them again. You give thanks for speedy highways and airplanes, for cell phones and email. And then you think again of those families saying goodbye long ago, and you realize that the book is not just about long ago, but about that wrenching, heart-torn ache of separation at any time, for any reason.
A wonderful book, with tender, insightful text and gorgeous watercolor illustrations on every page. A book to be kept and handed down and beloved forever.
The leaving really resonated with me as I had to move halfway across the country when I was 8. This is like Laura Ingalls and sweetness all rolled into one. It moves softly and kindly.
It was a very very sad time.
And this brought me back.
Also it was so sweet the way the grandma was her friend and taught her things and truly cared for her.
My grandma is getting old I wonder if she would understand if I read to her today.
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She tried to hide in the barn, but when she "peeked between the cracks" she saw Grandma swinging on her swing. They slowly began their ritual of saying good-bye without talking about the long journey ahead. They walked, they talked, remembered and Lydia cried until the tears no longer came. A robin flew by carrying grass for her nest. They ran together, laughing as they ran, carrying their memories of the place and each other. They stopped again to talk and were "picturing" the past as Grandma braided her hair and began to tell one of her stories. Would Lydia really be able to say good-bye to Grandma and carry her in her heart all the way to Oregon?
This was a beautiful, thoughtful story and the illustrations of Lydia reminded me a lot of Laura Ingalls. It's a story that gently deals with separation issues that not only children have to face, but all of us have to bear at one time or another. The illustrations were soft, gentle and said "Garth Williams" from the first page to the last. It is a very touching story that will be read time and time again. If you are a Grandma, this is one story you will LOVE to cuddle up with your grandchild and read every time you are together!
Anyone who has had, or dreamed of, a special relationship with a grandmother will love this story.
Anyone who has had to leave a place they loved with their whole heart will love this story.
It is very touching and uplifting.