New Children's Book By Local Author Helps Kids (And Adults!) Deal With Loss Of Loved One

Local author Gabe Goldman is on a mission. He wants to make the idea of death less scary for kids. And he’s just come out with a children’s book, called The Loving Wind: A Story About the People in Our Lives Who Must Find Out What’s Beyond the Sky,” which does just that.

“When my own mom died, my kids were young. I wanted them to feel that their grandma was going on to a new and exciting part of her own journey even though they would miss her.  I wrote The Loving Wind for them back then – and ever since dreamed of making it into a book that I could send out into the world.”

Now that dream is a reality. And Gabe is introducing the book to the world by donating copies to schools, libraries, grief support agencies, and literacy advocacy agencies. “We’ve given out upwards of a hundred books,” Gabe says, “including to the Cleveland Kids Book Bank, Cornerstone of Hope, Little Free Libraries, and LCSD elementary schools.”

Kids today have a lot to deal with – isolation from the pandemic, fear of gun violence, anxiety over school shootings – in addition to the normal problems of growing up. The Loving Wind is one tool to help families support kids as they navigate these challenges.

And it turns out the book doesn’t only appeal to kids – people of all ages are reporting that the book lifts their spirits and just makes them feel better.  A sixty year old nurse, who recently lost her sister, wrote this to Gabe – “Your book gave me so much comfort. The words of the story expressed just what I was feeling.”

“When I hear something like that,” Gabe says, “it makes me feel really good, like the book is doing what I’d hoped it would. And I just did my first book reading for a group of students ages 7-11. It was great. The book provided a jumping off point for the kids to express their feelings about this big topic which doesn’t get openly discussed nearly enough.”

The Loving Wind is available for $16.95 at Gabe’s website www.thelovingwind.com or directly from the author at primskills@yahoo.com.  It is also starting to appear in local bookstores. Contact Gabe via email to arrange a book reading or author signing event.

Retired nurse. Moved to Lakewood 18 months ago, with my husband (an outdoor educator), to be close to two daughters and their children.

Pamela Goldman

Retired nurse. Moved to Lakewood 18 months ago, with my husband (an outdoor educator), to be close to two daughters and their children.

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Volume 18, Issue 13, Posted 12:21 PM, 07.06.2022