Moser, Lisa. 2009. Kisses on the Wind. Candlewick Press. Illustrated by Kathryn Brown. (Releases September 2009)
Picture books with historical settings aren't all that common. This one is set in the pioneer-era. It stars a little girl, Lydia, who is struggling with just how to stay goodbye to her grandmother. Her family is going to Oregon--the wagon is packed, and nearly everything is ready to go, except for Lydia. How do you say goodbye to someone you love so very very much?
On the day we left for Oregon, I said good-bye to the barn cats. I said good-bye to the farmhouse. But I just couldn't say good-bye to Grandma. I watched Papa and Mama load the wagon. They packed barrels of cornmeal, the iron kettle, and Papa's tools. Mama said the trip would take months and months. I knew only one thing. This trip would take me a thousand miles away from Grandma.It's a sweet story, bittersweet in places, but it's a good story. It's a story about priceless gifts like love and family. It's very heartfelt. I enjoyed this one very much. Loved the text. I also really loved the illustrations. They were perfect for this story. They made it just right.
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