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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
Collections:Your library
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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (1993)

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This is by far one of my favorite stories. Such a easy little act of love goes a long way to show Chester that his mom loves him and will be thinking of him all day while he is at school. With my daughter we do the kissing hand every night before bed. A very special to me. Age-preschool
  Jessie32 | Dec 9, 2014 |
Read this to a first grade classroom.All students were able to find a connection with their first day jitters. It had them thinking of their own family and how they miss it and what their parents send them with to school. ( )
  magarcia | Nov 30, 2014 |
• Summary of content/review: This book centers on the characters of a mother and baby raccoon, and the comforting of her baby about going to school. She kisses the little raccoon’s paw and tells him to hold his hand to his cheek whenever he misses her.
• Evaluation: This book’s characterization is key in its’ development. The connection between mother and child is highlighted and the main spotlight of the reader’s attention.
• Target audience: PK-4th grade
• Connection to classroom: This book could be used as a model text in which characterization is highlighted. This book can also be used in the beginning of the school year to aid children’s separation anxiety from their parents/loved ones.

Genre: fiction, picturebook, relationships
Standards: RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story 3. or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’ s thoughts, words, or actions).

Classification: Fiction
  Nall0705 | Oct 31, 2014 |
From re-reading this book, the first lesson I thought of that this book could teach students would be about first day jitters. On the first day of school, teachers do not know much about their students other than their academic performance from previous years. Reading this book on the first day of class will alleviate a lot of stress that I’m sure most of the students will be experiencing. It is always scary to start a new and higher grade level.
This book is a great reminder for students that their loved ones are always there for them when they need them. Even just the memory of loved ones. This story deals with separation anxiety that many students face on the first day of school or when they are brought to a new location. When Chester, the raccoon shows his mom that he can return the kissing hand gesture, children can learn that even adults need reassurance some days. This can help them alleviate even more stress or sadness they may be experiencing.
Once again, this book uses watercolor illustrations, my favorite. There are a lot of blues and yellows through out the book, keeping it vibrant and inviting for the readers. The illustrations can be used in the classroom when painting. Children can use the idea of the kissing hand to paint their own hands and come up with their own special meanings.
Finally, one of my favorite aspects about this book is the ASL sign for “I love you” on the final page of the story. This incorporates a language that should be used in the classroom for signs such as bathroom or water. The use of the ASL sign at the end of the book finalizes the moral of the story, love. ( )
  lfasce1 | Oct 21, 2014 |
This book was about a mother raccoon and her young son. I picked it up because the moon on the front reminded me of the story "Goodnight Moon". The younger raccoon is starting school and is nervous, so the mother kisses his hand and said that now she'll always be with him no matter where he goes. It has such a nice concept to it and it's actually a smart idea for mother's if your child is nervous! The illustrations are very simple and repetitive, but the language is easy. There was also sign language at the end of the book that signed "I love you" which I thought was educational for children. This book was a pretty quick read, but I really enjoyed it. It was simple enough, but had a wonderful meaning behind it. It was a cute, short, heartfelt story. ( )
  lgrube4 | Sep 21, 2014 |
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Audrey Pennprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harper, Ruth E.Illustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Leak, Nancy M.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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