Sunday, February 14, 2010

Best kisses in children's lit

Someone on the child_lit list asked for people's opinions about the best kisses in children's literature. This was what immediately came to my mind (and I don't think the first two lines can really be separated from the following):

She put her arms about Aunt Beast, pressed up against the soft, fragrant fur. "Thank you," she whispered. "I love you."

"And I, you, little one." Aunt Beast pressed gentle tendrils against Meg's face.

"Cal--" Meg said, holding out her hand.

Calvin came to her and took her hand, then drew her roughly to him and kissed her. He didn't say anything, and he turned away before he had a chance to see the surprised happiness that brightened Meg's eyes.

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