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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 liked this book for many reasons. First, the illustrations are beautifully done, and I enjoyed looking at them throughout reading the text. They really enhanced the story and made you feel like you were part of the story as well. The language is clear and simple enough for young readers to understand. The writing is organized well, and the book is well paced from beginning to end. The characters are relatable to children, although they are animals, because the story deals with the nervousness that children have when they are being separated from their families. Sometimes children tend to be scared when they are leaving their parents for a little while but this book pushes readers to believe that their "kissing hand" is always with them. Just like how Chester had his kissing hand on the first day of school, he was no longer afraid because he had his mother's love with him.The big idea of this story is to never be afraid when you leave your family because their love is always with you to comfort you and you will be back with them soon. I would recommend this book for young children ages 5-7 as they may experience the same feelings Chester was feeling. ( )
  Jcomfo1 | May 9, 2016 |
Audrey Penn writes about a young raccoon named Chester who is scared to start school. His mother reassures him that he will be okay and teaches him the secret of the kissing hand. She opens up his hand, kisses his palm, and tells him to put his hand on his cheek whenever he starts to miss her. This makes Chester feel much better, and when he leaves for school he does the same thing to his mother. Ruth Harper and Nancy Leak did a great job with the illustrations throughout the book. It looks like they were created with watercolors. What I love most is the image on the very last page. It is a picture of a raccoon’s hand with a heart on the palm, and the sign language sign of “I love you.” I think this book would be great to read to a kindergarten class on the first day of school. ( )
  cedoyle | Apr 25, 2016 |
"The Kissing Hand" is about a baby raccoon who feels lonely and sad when away from its mother. The mother raccoon kisses her baby's hand and says to press it to its cheek whenever it misses her. This book is great for teaching young children how to deal with separation anxiety. ( )
  sarahbranch | Apr 10, 2016 |
I LOVED this book! I thought the entire story was very touching and relatable to many students on their first day of school. I think the illustrations go perfectly with the text and draws readers in. The text is easy for young children to comprehend. I believe the message of the story is to show kids that it is ok to go places without your parents. ( )
  tazool1 | Mar 30, 2016 |
This book was a delightful read. The illustrations were peaceful and beautiful while the story was touching. Many parents and children can relate to the mother-son or mother-daughter bond represented in this story. There are some good lessons like why school can be a fun place that children shouldn't fear. A lot of parents can take away a good method of comforting their young children when they send them off to school. The wording in this book is good for young children to comprehend. This big message in this story was to never fear leaving your parents because they will always be watching over you making sure you are safe and having fun! ( )
  ldewey1 | Mar 10, 2016 |
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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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