A Kiss Means I Love You

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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!" Featuring engaging photographs of real children and sweet rhyming text, this fun read-aloud teaches little ones about nonverbal communication
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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!" Featuring engaging photographs of real children and sweet rhyming text, this fun read-aloud teaches little ones about nonverbal communication
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jody Little
Recognizing how much young children enjoy looking at faces, author and illustrator Allen and Futran have created a picture book that combines simple and short text with gorgeous photos of children and adults of many cultures. Each page introduces a gesture that is familiar to most toddlers followed by the meaning of that gesture and the emotions it may evoke. Examples include a kiss, a wave, a smile, a yawn, a shiver, a sniffle and a cry. The photographer captures those gestures in crisp, endearing photos that will leave readers and listeners smiling and lingering over pages, long after the text has been read. Parents, grandparents or other caretakers have the opportunity to share experiences with children, ask questions and generate conversations as they browse the pages together. Like a treasured photo album, this picture book could be become a family favorite, and will be looked through over and over again. Reviewer: Jody Little
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, KY
Kirkus Reviews
Color photographs of children expressing different emotions and enacting certain situations introduce the idea of "reading" body language to the youngest children. Humans communicate wants, needs and emotions through facial expressions and body language as well as orally. The book promotes the ability to decipher them as a critical skill for children to develop as they explore and have contact with a wide group of individuals. Through up-close photographs and rhyming text, tots see a multicultural cast of children their age smiling, laughing, pouting and expressing anger. One boy extends a toy as an invitation to share; another, finger to lips, requests quiet, illustrating the nuances of a gesture or hand motion. One odd omission is an example of the basic feeling of fear. Some entries are more successful than others, and this reflects the medium: It is difficult to represent shivering, for example, in a still photograph. The rhyme encourages page-turns ("A kiss means I love you, / a wave means hello, / a smile means I'm happy, / a tug means let's go!"), although it stutters at one point and will require practice before reading aloud. Despite small flaws, the book is a solid introduction to a range of human expressions and the concept of nonverbal communication. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807541869
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 601,970
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Madeline Allen is the author of numerous books, short stories and poems for children, including This Little Piggy's Book of Manners. She lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with her three children.

Eric Futran has photographed kids for several books for children, including A Baby's Coming to Your House! and Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace. He is also a well-known culinary photographer. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    This book is fun to read and the photos are beautiful.

    This book is fun to read and the photos are beautiful.

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