Caitlin loves the kit her mother bought at a car-boot sale. She has a vision of climbing a mountain and flying the kite from the highest peak. But she is very ill and isn't going to get better. As she slips away, the kite promises to take her where the air is fresh and pure beyond the mightiest earthly summit, to the Great Mountain of Light.
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Caitlin has been ill for more than two years, and it is only when she discovers a long forgotten kite that she is inspired to think about her future and all the things she would dearly love to do. As she lies in bed, she holds the kite close, understanding its sadness at not being able to fly alone, and imagines all the things they can do together. But Caitlin doesn't get better, and one evening she and her beloved kite begin to soar into the sky, flying across all the oceans and mountains Caitlin has dreamed of, until they reach a place where they are both happy and free from fear and pain.
A beautifully imagined, sensitively written story that strikes straight at the heart, The Kite and Caitlin is moving beyond belief and deals with the subject of illness and death through the unobtrusive strength of lyrical storytelling and stunning illustration. This is a remarkable book, written by one of the 20th century's great wordsmiths, perhaps more familiar for his quirky poetry, but who has turned his hand to a difficult subject with a clarity and lightness that touches the heart.
The Kite and Caitlin is an ideal book for children who are learning about, or dealing with, the concept of death, but is also a strangely joyful story that any parent and child can enjoy together. (Ages 4 and over)--Susan Harrison
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Book Description Red Fox, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0003913697
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