The Kissing Hand

Penn, Audrey

Book - 1993
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Kissing Hand
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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.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Child Welfare League of America, ©1993.
ISBN: 9780878685851
0878685855
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: Leak, Nancy M.
Harper, Ruth E.

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Jan 08, 2015
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Chester Raccoon is nervous about going to school for the first time. His mother tells him about all of the wonderful things Chester will get to do at school. Plus she tells him a secret. She places a kiss in his hand and tells him that any time during school that he feels the need for love from home, he can place his hand to his cheek and think, "Mommy loves you." When mother raccoon brings Chester to school he in turn places a kiss in her hand and gives her a "kissing hand."

The illustrations in this story are colorful, rich and lovely. Every page is a joy to look at.

The story is very sweet. It is a wonderful way to talk about fears about school and the comfort of thinking of a parent's love. The raccoon goes to school at night because he is a nocturnal animal. This is another learning opportunity to teach about why Chester does not go to school during the day. I absolutely love the end where mother raccoon puts Chester's kiss against her cheek and says, "Chester loves you," because sending children to school for the first time is hard on moms too.

A lovely story. I highly recommend for any age of child going to school for the first time.

Oct 04, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very sweet. I can certainly see myself reading this to a child in the future.

Aug 17, 2012
  • SCL_EarlyYears rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of our favourite starting school books. Perfect for nervous kids and parents alike.

Jul 06, 2012
  • CEganAKAMmy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My son's JK teacher read this book at the beginning of the school year. She then had the students trace their hand on paper and attach a sticker of "kissing lips" on the palm. The kids were then encouraged to share it with their parents and carry it in their back pack each day, if they found the transition to school difficult. Then, they would know that they too had a kiss from Mom/Dad with them all day in case they needed it.

Apr 01, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful story and illustrations.

Jul 16, 2011
  • Carrie78 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful book for children heading off to school or daycare for the first time.

Aug 06, 2008
  • mapsgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book for kids preparing to go to school. Very touching for parents too.

Nov 05, 2007
  • reviewer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book provides toddlers with a helpful resolution to the topic of separation anxiety. But once ours had grasped its message, he largely lost interest in reading it any more.

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Jul 17, 2014
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Aug 30, 2013
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Aug 23, 2012
  • red_elephant_360 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 06, 2012
  • CEganAKAMmy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 11, 2012

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Aug 06, 2008
  • mapsgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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