Kathy Gray is the lead book buyer for lark toys in Kellogg, Minnesota, and she recommends a picture book by a Midwestern artist who once walked into her store.
Laurel Fraher of Menomonie, Wisconsin is the author and illustrator of “See me in Wonder“, and its backstory immediately attracted Gray.
Fraher and her husband had a daughter who died when she was 3 years old. Fraher wrote “See Me in the Wonder” to help their other children feel connected to their older sister, whom they had never met. Her website describes the work as “a love poem” and she illustrated her simple text with watercolors depicting the natural world. Fraher and her husband co-published the book.
Gray says they not only carry the book in their store, but have personally gifted it to others who are experiencing loss. She loves the last lines, which read,
“There are wonders waiting
Find it and you will see…
when you kiss
This precious life,
You are going to kiss me.”
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