- Age Range: 3 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- 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: 911 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!!
I read a ridiculous amount of books to my little one. This one I will remember forever. I was looking for something to read to her before she started school. It would be her first time apart from me. This book speaks to the separation between a mother raccoon and her baby as he is about to leave her for the first time to go to school. She comes up with a way for him to feel her love when he’s missing her, by pressing his paw to his cheek... after she “kisses “ his hand. I must confess, my voice shakes every. Single. Time. I read the last couple lines of this book. You must buy it to see why. Bonus/ check out Pinterest for the cutest ideas to do with your little one that they will love to go with this book. I made missing hand cookies that were waiting at home when I picked my daughter up from her first day and we did several crafts that tied in beautifully with the story.
A beautiful book, one to save and pass on to the next generation !
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! :-)
The book is easy for a toddler to understand and has a sweet message. For the first few weeks of school every morning in the car I would kiss my sons hand and he would do the same to mine. Id tell him if he was ever missing mommy too much to put his hand to his face and he would think about how much I loved him and how I cant wait to give him a kiss after school.
He liked the raccoon in the book so much I bought him a Chester The Racoon stuffed animal that is now a favorite of his.
We also got llama llama misses mama, and Oh my baby little one.
We read them Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
On Monday morning we had no hysterics.
He seemed to enjoy oh my baby little one and llama llama slightly more than the kissing hand, the words are more rhythmic which he enjoys.
However I think for 3-5 year olds this one would be better.
We will enjoy the story regardless for years to come.