- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 220 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (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: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plant a Kiss Hardcover – December 27, 2011
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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
“Her [Amy Krouse Rosenthal] books radiate fun the way tulips radiate spring; they are elegant and spirit-lifting” (New York Times Book Review)
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Adoptive families can connect this book to adoption.: This story line can serve as a wonderful conversation starter. Ask kids what else they might “plant.” Then, have them predict what might happen. Compare the “harvest” of each emotion. Conversations like these can be a wonderful gateway to important conversations about deeply held adoption-related thoughts and feelings. You might be surprised by what your child reveals. This creates a great chance to validate their feelings, clarify confusion and address their worries and concerns. --Gayle H. Swift, "ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book"
In addition to the great message, we also love the illustrations and texture in the book. Peter Reynolds is one of our favorites, and he definitely does not disappoint in "Plant A Kiss". Much like the wording, the illustrations are simple yet impactful. There is also glitter added to the "joy" on each page, which grows in size as the story grows. The glitter really adds eye appeal and sensory appeal with its texture.
This is an A+ picture book. You won't be disappointed!