Emily loves to visit Grandma and Grandpa. Like most grandchildren, she is showered with affection and enjoys the freedom to do what she wants. But sadly, every visit comes to an end, leaving Emily longing for a way to feel close to her grandparents . . . until she can see them again. This gracefully illustrated story reinforces the loving bond between grandchildren and grandparents who cannot see each other as often as they would like. Through the eyes of Emily, children discover a magical kind of connection and learn to use their imagination, memory, and natural surroundings to feel close to their grandparents whether they are miles or countries apart. Makes a great gift for long-distance grandchildren!
From MyShelf.com: Author Alayne Kay Christian and illustrator Joni Stringfield have produced a beautiful children’s book that will help children and grandparents who live a far distance from one another to keep in touch without sadness but with joy.
Emily loves her time with Grandma and Grandpa, but this great love makes her departure more painful. To help Emily think of her grandparents in a beautiful and positive frame of mind, the grandparents write her a book to read and think about after she gets home and feels sad about being away from her grandparents.
The first frame of the little book reads:
"When the morning sun rises high up in the sky and brightens your day, think about how the sun shines at Grandma and Grandpa’s house too. Just like warm sunshine, you brighten our days."
Each of the other eight panels offers a similar message.
Illustrator Janie Stringfield's bright and cheery illustrations capture the mood of the story. Christian expresses her wish for the book in her From the Author: "It is my sincere hope that the gift of this book strengthens the bond between you, your children, and their grandparents and that it may grow to be a cherished keepsake for generations to come." The book should fulfill her hope.
From Amazon.com: As parent, grandparent and professional counselor, I highly recommend Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa. Alayne Kay Christian has beautifully brought together the importance of addressing and valuing a child's feelings, while at the same time bridging the distance between grandparent and grandchild. Emily's thoughts and feelings are heard and Grandma allows Emily to see her own sadness when it is time to leave each other. What a wonderful example to set for Emily!
In this electronic world of computers, DS's, Wii and all other sorts of push button toys, it is refreshing to read a book like this, so focused on the power of the imagination, while using that power to connect to nature. Emily is taught by her grandparents to use all the everyday experiences in nature to reconnect with them. This is such a simple concept, yet so profound. Since young children think in a very concrete way and love nature, this approach meets them at their level of understanding.
I wish this book had been available when my two oldest grandchildren, now 12 and 15, who live in California, were young. I remember the many sad departures. I know that Butterfly Kisses would have been a welcome assist for all of us.
I see this book as a memorable piece in every grandchild's library, even if he or she only lives across town. Butterfly Kisses can fly over both short and long distances.
Mary Kullman, MS, LCPC
From The Examiner Lansing: More and more grandparents are taking on the role of raising grandchildren. According to the 2000 U.S. Census over 2.4 million grandparents have responsibility for their grandchildren. This is not the case for all grandchildren and grandparents though. With the mobile society we live in today it is not unusual for there to be thousands of miles between family members. This can often be difficult for both grandchildren and grandparents.
This award winning children’s book shows the special bond between grandchildren and grandparents and dealing with separation. ‘Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa’ by author Alayne Kay Christian and illustrated by Joni Stringfield received the Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal for Children's Picture Books and an award from Independent Publishers.
Emily is one of those children. She loves visits with her grandparents but when the visits end she is left missing them and feeling an empty feeling inside. The story begins with Emily’s wish: ''I wish you didn‘t live so far away. I wish I could sleep over any time I want.'' The must part though but Grandma and Grandpa have an answer. They show Emily how they can still be with her by using her imagination and keeping the good memories in her mind.
‘Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa’ is not only heartwarming and encouraging for children separated by miles from their grandparents but can also be very helpful for children who are not able to be physically close to a parent also whether due to divorce, military service, or other reasons.
Currently I am experiencing both sides of the fence. I have two grandchildren living with me temporarily and have four grandchildren living in different states, which to Grandma seem a million miles away. If you are a grandparent raising grandchildren I found a very helpful article “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” I would highly recommend you read it for some helpful tips.
If you are a grandparent living miles from your grandchildren you really should pick up a copy of ‘Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa’ – read it, if at all possible why not it read with your grandchildren and then give it to them as a gift. You can find this inspiring book at both Barnes and Noble Books and Schulers Books and Music in the Lansing area.
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