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A Kiss Means I Love You Hardcover – August 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807541869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807541869
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Allen and Futran have created a book with a purpose that is also fun to read. Bright, close-up photos pair well with the text to illustrate different facial expressions and body language. The basics are covered: "A laugh means it's funny, a cry means I'm sad." A few less-common examples are also included. "A shiver means I'm chilly/(please warm me up quick). A sniffle,/a sneeze,/and a cough/mean I'm sick." Each expression or gesture is easy to see in the large, uncluttered photos of very young children. The rhythm of the text is bouncy and easy to read aloud. This title will work well in a program or one-on-one.-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“A kiss means I love you, a wave means hello, a smile means I’m happy, a tug means let’s go!” This attractive picture book pairs brief, rhyming lines of text with color photos of young children expressing themselves through sounds (hurray, yum, roar) and body language (a shiver, a yawn, a hug). Each page features a close-up of a child, sometimes with an adult or a stuffed animal. Representing a broad multicultural selection of boys and girls, the portraits offer images of children who generally look at ease before the camera. The rhythmic lines of text thread the photos together in a natural sounding way. Parents and teachers could use the book to spark conversations about feelings or, more formally, as a teaching tool for kids who have trouble figuring out others’ reactions based on body language and other visual cues. Either way, this inviting picture book offers opportunities for observation, empathy, and open-ended discussion. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan

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My toddler and even five-year-old love this book.
finder jan
I generally look for books with clear, vibrant pictures, a large format and minimal text with a good read aloud flow.
J. Prather
I have already gifted this book to a few friends, and plan to make it a go to in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By finder jan on January 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My toddler and even five-year-old love this book. The younger one likes to imitate the facial expressions and gestures on each page. Her older sister can "read" along with the simple, rhyming sentences. I appreciate the girls, boys, and adults of varying ethnic backgrounds featured.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to find good books for toddlers, especially ones that you can use for story time! I generally look for books with clear, vibrant pictures, a large format and minimal text with a good read aloud flow. A Kiss Means I Love You delivers on all of those criteria. The photographs by Eric Futran perfectly illustrate the text on the page, and are sure to captivate even the youngest story listener. Babies love looking at real photos, and the emotions on each page are clearly portrayed, whether it be a pouty face or a proud one.

At one sentence per page, it's just the right length for the very young, and the excellent rhyming gives it a great read aloud flow. This book covers all kinds of body language, from "a smile means I'm happy", to "A shush means be quiet...that's a little too loud!" There's a nice mix of ethnicities and a variety of boys and girls. The book wraps up with a good night kiss and a peaceful picture of a sleeping child that is sure to plant the right kind of sleepy ideas in any young child's head. This is sure to generate lots of requests for re-reads and is a perfect selection for any baby or toddler's private collection. It's also great for story time!
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My 6 month old and I first saw this book at story time at the local public library. My son (now 6.5 months) and I both love how diverse the kids are in the book. He loves seeing all of the faces, and I love reading the "story" to him and demonstrating the actions. I have already gifted this book to a few friends, and plan to make it a go to in the future.
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By Michael Whitlock on January 3, 2014
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Great photos. My two year old loved them. Likes to do the actions on each page. Glad to buy a used library copy
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By Chelsea on October 11, 2013
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I would recommend this product favorably.
Excellent Book Five Star for Kindergarten children it helps stimulate their thought processes, great.
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