Susan Bernardo, Author
Courtenay Fletcher, Illustrator
Inner Flower Child Books, Fiction, Nov. 15, 2012
Suitable for: Ages 4 and up
Themes: Separation, Anxiety, Grief, Divorce, Inspirational, Reassurance
Opening/Synopsis: “No matter how far apart we are, I’ll always find ways to tell you I love you./ How?/ From wherever we stand, you see the moon and I see the moon. That is how we can send each other hugs./ Moon hugs?/ Yes, moon hugs.” This story is told through the seasons and delivers a very powerful message to children — love is eternal.
Why I like this book: Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is pure poetry and a visual feast for the eyes. Written and illustrated by two friends, Susan and Courtenay have taken a sad subject about separation and created a beautiful consoling book for children. It is written in dialogue, but is very lyrical and inspirational. It is the perfect book to use with children when they are dealing with separation from a parent because of deployment or job, loss, illness, divorce, and tragedy. The dialogue in the book gives kids the vocabulary to feel connected and to feel the presence of a loved one — and it’s all done through signs of nature. The illustrations are big, vibrant and breathtaking, and include children from all cultures. The book is simply beautiful!
“But the moon doesn’t have any arms!/It’s true the moon cannot reach down to hold your hand, but she is strong enough to pull waves onto sand./Her invisible arms rock the tides by night and day, like my love holds you safely when I am away.”
“But when I wake up, the moon will be gone!/ Ahh, but then we can send each other kisses by dawn. When you open your eyes and see the sun rise, just do this…blow a kiss.”
“From the heavens above to earth below, there are infinite ways to say hello. Love is in each star twinkling in space and every frosty snowflake tickling your face.”
Resources: The book alone is a beautiful resource. Children will be wide-eyed with questions as you snuggle with them to read Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs. You may visit the author’s website for more information.
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This book has been provided to me free of charge by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review of the work.