Lois Lowry's novel, Gathering Blue, is a companion book to The Giver. There are twenty-three chapters in this book that center upon the life of Kira. In chapter one when the reader first meets Kira, a young, handicapped girl, she is mourning her mother's death. According to custom, Kira must sit beside her mother's body at the Field of Leaving until her mother's spirit escapes. After four days, Kira is able to leave her mother's dead body. She no longer has a home or a family. However, in the last chapter, twenty-three, the reader discovers that Kira has been reunited with her father, Christopher. However, she has come to the harsh realization of her survival; the guardians needed the creative power of the artists for themselves. She decides to stay at the village, and Matt will lead her blind father home. As a parting gift, Christopher gives Kira blue threads from his shirt for her to weave while she waits for her plants to grow.