The Best Winds (Hardcover)

By Laura Williams, Eujin Kim Neilan (Illustrator)

Boyds Mills Press, 9781590782743, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2006



A warm, poignant story of a young boy who learns the craft of kite making--and the art of patience--from his loving grandfather. In the Korean custom, Grandfather practices the ancient craft of kite making. "Tonight I will show you how to make a kite," he tells his grandson, Jinho. "For the best winds will be here soon." Grandfather teaches him how to trace the kite on paper, paint it, and build the frame from bamboo sticks. When the kite is completed, it's so beautiful Jinho can't wait to fly it. And he does--without Grandfather, and without the best winds.

About the Author

Laura E. Williams was born in Korea and lived in Belgium and Hawaii as a child. A former high school English teacher, she credits her reading as a child for her intense desire to write for children today. She lives in Hartford, Connecticut.Eujin Kim Neilan is the illustrator of The Rabbit and the Dragon King and In the Moonlight Mist: A Korean Tale, both retold by Daniel San Souci. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts.