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Children must wonder why adults say some of the curious things that they do—for instance, the phrase planting a kiss. Here, in charming, minimalist fashion, Rosenthal imagines a literal interpretation of the trope, spinning it out to a whimsical yet weighty conclusion. A young girl, known in the rhyming text as Little Miss, plants a kiss in the ground. After careful tending, a delicately sparkling sprout grows, and the girl decides to share her wondrous harvest with the world, diligently traveling to the farthest corners to do so. What is being shared exactly is left open to interpretation, but Reynolds’ winsome, small-scale illustrations—a perfect vehicle for this conceptual story—feature flourishes of yellow glitter that will help young children connect to the metaphorical aspect of the tale. A fine starting point for discussions about kindness, generosity, and how every person has the potential to affect big change. Not bad for a book that starts with one little kiss. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kristen McKulski

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Little Miss planted a kiss . . . 

One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey about life, kindness, and giving from New York Times bestselling team Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds.

--This text refers to the Board book edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061986755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061986758
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More About the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things. Some things she likes to make:

Children's books.
Grown-up books.
Short videos.
Speeches.
Salads.
Connections with the universe.
Something out of nothing.
Wishes.

According to The New York Times, Amy's award-winning children's books "radiate fun the way tulips radiate spring: they are elegant and spirit-lifting."

Her 20+ books for children include EXCLAMATION MARK, LITTLE PEA, SPOON, CHOPSTICKS, DUCK!RABBIT! and PLANT A KISS.

As for her adult work, Amazon named ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AN ORDINARY LIFE one of the top 10 memoirs of the decade. She is also the creator of a specialty line of keepsake journals.

Her viral videos include THE BECKONING OF LOVELY, THE KINDNESS THOUGHT BUBBLE, and THE MONEY TREE. You can also find the videos of her three TEDx talks online.

In the summer of 2013, she embarked on a year-long project to create and launch a new website every Wednesday (awebsiteaweek.weebly.com)

A longtime contributor to public radio, Amy lives in Chicago with her husband and children. She lives digitally at whoisamy.com.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Brestar on January 30, 2012
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This is a wonderful book for any age and any occasion. Not to mention, it is perfect for Valentine's Day. PLANT A KISS is a sweet, simple, and beautifully written book about sharing love. Little Miss plants a kiss, waits patiently and is surprised by what happens next. A delightful story showing the "endless bliss" that comes from sharing our love...a kiss. It has fantastic illustrations by Peter Reynolds and even glitter! An absolute must have for every library. My two year old loves it and my husband and I never tire of reading it over and over and over...the ultimate sign of a good book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Orr on January 10, 2012
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal's spare, thoughtful prose paired with Peter H. Reynolds' always stunning watercolors makes for a wonderful book. In simple rhyme it tells the story of Little Miss who plants a kiss on the ground and tends it very carefully. It blossoms beautifully and she, in spite of warnings, shares it and shares it and shares it.

I call my four-year-old daughter Little Miss and she is highly affectionate. This book seemed made for her and I knew she would adore it. The fact that the pages are not overwhelmed with text makes every word count and allows a serious focus on the illustrations. Before long my Little Miss will be reading this one on her own again and again.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ledford on February 25, 2013
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I have loved all of Amy Rosethal's books and I wnated to love this one but just couldn't. The concept is a good one but I don't feel like the book conveys it in a way that makes kids even slightly understand it. I read it to my three kids on Valentine's Day and even my oldest daughter who's 11 had a look on her face like, "What was that about?" There are only a few words to a page and the last ones are "eternal bliss." What kid even has a slight idea of what that is??? I feel like the need to rhyme overshadowed the concept in this book. I did like the illustrations and the shimmery accents. I had bought this to use with my guidance classes but this one is going to have to go back.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Schmitz on February 17, 2012
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Cute story, but there is glitter on the pages which might not be the best for very small children. We read to our baby and he likes to touch the pages and so could get it in his eyes. It is just something to be aware of when considering this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BSwi on January 7, 2012
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This book made me tear up when I picked it up in the store - what a simple and beautiful way to tell children about the positive of Love's energy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TwoDogs on October 7, 2012
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Very simple story, but great message that a small act of kindness or love can have far-reaching effects. The glitter is a big hit with the kiddos. This one is a keeper
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By star2b7 on October 2, 2012
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This is a fantastic book with a sweet message and adorable illustrations. It quickly became one of the books we read every night. We highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on March 6, 2012
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This adorably illustrated story shares a powerful message with kids about sharing. I loved the simple rhyming words, and cute illustrations that were featured on each page. This is a book that will be a big hit for young children. It's great to have at home and in preschool settings.
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