- Age Range: 3 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 520 (What's this?)
- Series: The Kissing Hand Series
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Tanglewood; Stk edition (October 15, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933718005
- ISBN-13: 978-1933718002
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (839 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series) Hardcover – October 15, 1993
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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) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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In her foreword to Penn's sugary tale about Chester, a young raccoon who would rather stay at home than go to school, Jean Kennedy Smith notes that the story is "for any child who confronts a difficult situation, and for the child within each of us who sometimes needs reassurance." Its obvious message is delivered by Mrs. Raccoon, who tells her son that "I know a wonderful secret that will make your nights at school seem as warm and cozy as your days at home." She then kisses his palm, and Chester feels the kiss "rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart." Whenever he gets lonely, she advises, he is to press his hand to his cheek and "that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts." As it may for youngsters in comparable situations, this "secret" works for Chester, who in turn kisses his mother's palm so that she, too, will be reassured. Sprinkled with hearts and flowers, Harper and Leak's paintings of the raccoons and their woodland habitat are pleasant if sentimental. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The book itself is so well written. It's full of kindness, empathy, compassion and understanding. Young Chester Raccoon is scared of going to school and doesn't want to go. His mother, who is full of wisdom, finds a way to let him know that she's always with him...even when they're apart.
Get ready for the tugging of the heartstrings! The first time my husband read this to our daughter, he came out of her room a little teary-eyed. He gave me the "why didn't you warn me??!"
We've read this book sooo many times. Any time my daughter is upset about anything (doesn't even have to be school related anymore) she wants to read this and snuggle.
This helped so so so much. If I could hug the author I would. We had sad mornings every day for the first several weeks of school. After reading this there was an immediate change. Thank you thank you Audrey Penn!!
Chester is a little racoon who is set to go begin going to school, but is nervous and sad about not being able to do his favorite daily activities at home and having to be away from his mother. His mother encourages him with comfort and reasoning as well one loving and special gesture that she gives Chester to help him feel close to her while he is at school. In return, Chester reciprocates this gesture to his mother, and she too can feel close to Chester while he is at school.
This is a great read aloud for young children and is a heartwarming story about coping with separation in regards to going to school. This story can also be relatable to coping with any sort of separation worries. The special gesture in this book can be used in real life with your child that can bring your child comfort for any reason. This story is also great for evaluating feelings, problems and outcomes, story sequencing; as well as likeness and differences and the definition of nocturnal and the difference between day and night. Very cute, sweet, heart-warming story.
This product was a personal purchase for myself at the normal retail price. I am reviewing it solely because I want to share my experience with other potential customers. I have received no compensation for my review nor do I have any relationship with the seller or manufacturer of this product.
When we're done with the story, I have both the children and their grownups trace, cut out, and decorate their handprints on cardstock. We punch holes and attach yarn. The parents and kids kiss their handprints.
I then give them heart stickers, which we put in the middle of each handprint. The grownups can take their children's handprint home, and take them out whenever they miss their little ones. The children keep their grownup's handprints in school and when they get lonely they can wear the hand and feel their grownup's love close to their heart.
This really helps with separation anxiety - especially from the parent's point of view! :-)
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