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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The Kissing Hand (original 1993; edition 2007)

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:Tanglewood Press (2007), Edition: Book & CD, Paperback, 24 pages
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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (1993)


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I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. I thought the plot was light, relatable and nurturing. This is evident when the mother raccoon tells her son that her kiss will not wash off and that it will stay with him wherever he goes. The descriptive language drives an emotional response from readers, such as when the author says, "Chester felt his mother's kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart. Even his silky, black mask tingled with a special warmth." The narrators point of view creates an empathetic tone towards students beginning their first days of school, since the young raccoon is nervous about leaving his mother and wants to stay with her instead of going to school. The characters are obviously fictional, but I think that it's very easy for both students and parents to see themselves in this highly believable story. This appears when Chester shows his ambivalence about making new friends, playing with new toys, and reading new books. I also enjoyed that at the end of the book, when the Chester is ready to leave for school, he returns the kiss to his mother so that she has his love with her too. It shows that his confidence and comfort about going to school has grown throughout the plot. The central message of the book is to not be afraid of new things in life, even when you don't want to do them or when they seem scary. Another theme this book presents is that the people who love you will always support you and help you through these new things.
  ShaynaNewman | Aug 29, 2015 |
I like this book because of one reason. The book challenged readers to think about the difficult issues of the first day of school and separation anxiety from your parents. The little raccoon in the story was going to go off to his first day of school and his mother taught him how to handle his anxiety with a little kiss to make his heart feel better. This is a story that can be easily related to any lower elementary school student who is attending school for the first time or a full day of school without his or her parents for the first time. The main message of the story is that love can build reassurance; just like the mother raccoon did for the little raccoon in regards to his first day of school. ( )
  kmcpha3 | May 5, 2015 |
This book was a wonderful reassuring book to read to a child who is nervous about their first day of school. It shares how a raccoon receives hope from his mother and their family tradition. He receives a kiss in the hand that will stay with him while he is at school away from his mother. It is a sweet loving story between a mother and her son. ( )
  Kayla_Parker | Apr 30, 2015 |
Summary: The baby racoon does not want to go to his first day of school because he is nervous and will miss his mom. The mom sends him to school with a kiss in his hand so he has a piece of her love with him all the time.

Personal connection: My mom would send me to school with a kiss in my hand because I missed her when I was at school.

Class use: How can you get excited about the first day of school. ( )
  allisonpollack | Apr 30, 2015 |
This is very sweet, loving story. This would be a good book to read to children if they are having troubles with leaving their mothers when they go off to school. A teacher could also use this if they were talking about animals since it has raccoon's. It is a good mother child relationship story and it is a very comforting book. ( )
  hh500 | Apr 13, 2015 |
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Harper, Ruth E.Illustratormain 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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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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