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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The Kissing Hand (original 1993; edition 1993)

by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator)

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Title:The Kissing Hand
Authors:Audrey Penn
Other authors:Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic (1993), Paperback
Collections:NoLongerAvailable, 2015 Stats
Tags:_Picture Books, From:KayHowell, To:CarlaOverton, Country:Mozambique, 2015

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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (1993)


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I thought this is a very enjoyable book to read to children before bedtime and, of course, before the first day of school. There are a couple of reasons why I like this book. First, I like the solution of the story. The main character, Chester, is scared of going to school and leaving his mother. To solve this problem, his mother gives Chester a kiss on his hands. The kiss symbolizes the love from his mother, which will follow him everywhere he goes. I think oftentimes, parents are too busy to show their love for their children and when children fuss about not going to school, yelling and shouting occurs. This book shows the correct way of handling these kinds of situations. Second, because Chester and Mrs. Raccoon are animals, children from different backgrounds can easily relate to them. There are no tensions to this book as to who it is designed for. Third, I like the illustration of the book. It clearly shows the transition from day time to night time, and small emotions Chester has before and after receiving the kiss from his Mom. It is important how the illustrator pays attention to the small details because these help readers make connections. Last, The Kissing Hand not only shows love can come from the parents but also from the children themselves. It was a plot twist when Chester gave his mom a kiss on her hands before he left to go to school. Most of the time, adults and children believe love can only come from their parents. This book proves it is wrong to think so. Love can come from both sides. ( )
  wzuo1 | Mar 6, 2019 |
I like this book for many reasons. One of them being the illustrations in the story. The illustrations are very accurate to the mood of the story and what is happening. For example, when the baby raccoon feels love the author puts red hearts by his cheeks indicating he is feeling happy and loved. This lets the readers know what type of emotions the characters are feeling. Another reason I like this story is because of the plot. It was well developed and organized. For example, it tells the point of view from the mom raccoon and the baby raccoon, so that readers know what is going on with each character. Also, its not just one point of view. You get the point of view from multiple characters, so it makes the story more interesting and intriguing. The main message of this story is that it does not matter where you are, family will always be there for you and love you. ( )
  AlexandraLorditch | Feb 8, 2019 |
This book was a favourite of my children's and I am sure it will be a favourite of my grandchildren's. It brings tears to my eyes when I read it. Chester racc0on is going to start school and he does not want to leave his mother. Even though she explains about the fun he will have and the new friends he will make, he is still sad. Mother Raccoon kisses the palm of his hand and tells him whenever he needs to feel her love to press his palm to his face. He then does the same for his mother. A book for every child that is beginning school or a new adventure. I could re-read this book everyday and not get tired of it. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
The Kissing Hand is the story of a young raccoon, Chester, who is scared to start school. Then his mother teaches him about the kissing hand, assuring him that her love will be with him even while he's away from her at school. Young kids starting school will take heart from Chester success in overcoming his first day of school jitters and may even want to try using a kissing hand themselves. ( )
  adrouet | Feb 5, 2019 |
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn; (5*)

This is a charming tale of a wee raccoon whose time has come to attend Raccoon School. He doesn't want to go because he is nervous about change and he does not want to leave his mother. So she shows him how he can always have a part of her with him via 'the kissing hand'. She takes his little paw in her large one, spreads his little 'fingers' out into a fan shape and kisses the palm of his 'hand'. She tells him that whenever he gets afraid or misses her while at school......all he need do is touch the palm of that 'hand' to his cheek. He wiill feel the warmth of her kiss run from his cheek to his heart and feel near her again. It will last all day while he is at school.
This satisfied the little raccoon who was now content to attend school. ( )
  rainpebble | Feb 2, 2019 |
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Penn, Audreyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harper, Ruth E.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leak, Nancy M.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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To: Stefanie Rebecca Korn and children everywhere who love to be loved.
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Chester Raccoon stood at the edge of the forest and cried.
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Plot Summary: Chester the raccoon is about to go to school for the very first time. However, he is nervous and does not want to leave his mother. What Chester soon finds out is that his mother has a secret for him that will make going to school much easier. The secret is the Kissing Hand. Chester's mother gives him a big kiss on his hand before his first day at school, and tells Chester to hold his hand close to his heart whenever he is missing his mother to comfort him.

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When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

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