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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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Summary: This story is about a raccoon that is nervous about starting school. The raccoon's mother comforts him by kissing his palm and explaining that if he started to feel lonely, he can remember she loves him by putting his palm to his cheek.

Personal Reaction: I experience this in class because my students usually have anxiety about starting school. This is a great tool for starting the school year.

Classroom extension ideas:
1. Discuss the feeling of being nervous and how it is normal for everyone to feel that way.
2. Cut out a hand and send home for a loved one at home to kiss.
  LaceyL | Feb 6, 2017 |
Chester Raccoon is nervous about going to school. HIs mother, Mrs. Raccoon, tells him about the secret of the Kissing Hand. She kisses Chester's hand before he goes to school, and whenever he gets nervous he can place his hand to his cheek. I liked this book for two reasons. First, the characters were believable. Chester Raccoon reminded me of myself when I first started school. I was nervous and did not want to leave my mother; I think that other children who are starting school could easily relate to him as well. Second, the illustrations enhanced the story. After Mrs. Raccoon kisses Chester's hand, the illustrations show hearts on and around his hand. This shows the warmth and comfort that Chester feels from his mother's kiss. The overall message of this book is that love follows you wherever you go. ( )
  hollyjones | Dec 13, 2016 |
Summary: The Kissing Hand is a story that follow Chester Raccoon as he prepares to go to school. He's nervous and a little fearful, but with his mother's special kissing hand, he might just have the courage to face the new adventures of school.

Critique/Review: The Kissing Hand is a sweet book about adjusting to a new stage of life. Young children in pre-k and kindergarten might see themselves in young Chester as he struggles to be brave while leaving home and going to school. But it might also remind them that they are often not alone and are still very loved no matter where they are.

Activity/Craft Elements: Discussion: Why do you think the kissing hand helped Chester? ( )
  lmguest | Dec 9, 2016 |
a little raccoon is going to school and doesnt want to. his mother tells him that he will always have a kiss on his hand when he misses her
3 books
  TUCC | Dec 9, 2016 |
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.
  wichitafriendsschool | Nov 26, 2016 |
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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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Chester Raccoon doesn't want to go to school--he wants to stay home with his mother. She assures him that he'll love school--with its promise of new friends, new toys, and new books. Even better, she has a special secret that's been in the family for years--the Kissing Hand. This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home. She takes her son's hand, spreads his tiny fingers into a fan and kisses his palm--smack dab in the middle: "Chester felt his mother's kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart." Whenever he feels lonely at school, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother's kiss. Chester is so pleased with his Kissing Hand that he--in a genuinely touching moment--gives his mom a Kissing Hand, too, to comfort her when he is away. Audrey Penn's The Kissing Hand, published by the Child Welfare League of America, is just the right book for any child taking that fledgling plunge into preschool--or for any youngster who is temporarily separated from home or loved ones. The rough but endearing raccoon illustrations are as satisfying and soothing for anxious children as the simple story. (Ages 5 and older)
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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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