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A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon
     

A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon

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by Audrey Penn, Barbara Leonard Gibson (Illustrator)
 

During the last 20 years, parents and teachers have passed along the secret of the Kissing Hand to children facing first days of kindergarten, first grade, and other separations. Now younger children can get in on Mama Raccoon's secret and find comfort in A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon, a board-book adaptation of the original picture book.

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Overview


During the last 20 years, parents and teachers have passed along the secret of the Kissing Hand to children facing first days of kindergarten, first grade, and other separations. Now younger children can get in on Mama Raccoon's secret and find comfort in A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon, a board-book adaptation of the original picture book.

Chester could feel his mother's kiss
Leap straight into his heart.
"With a Kissing Hand," said Chester's mom,
"We'll never be apart."

"Just press your hand upon your cheek
And feel that loving glow.
It's Mommy saying, 'I love you,'
Wherever you may go."

The Kissing Hand has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents. A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon conveys the heart of the story in rhyming verse, perfect for read-aloud and easy for even the little ones to remember and recite. With illustrations by Barbara Gibson that capture the warmth and beauty of the original artwork, toddlers now share in the benefits from Mrs. Raccoon's secret for making a child feel safe and secure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Chester Raccoon is back, in an abbreviated board book format. While most of the books in the “Kissing Hand” series” offer a starting point for discussion between child and parent, this adaptation of the children’s classic falls short. Chester is worried about starting school, Owl’s school to be exact, and wants to stay home by Mom’s side instead. No further mention of Owl’s school is made until the last page, where the school, its headmaster Owl, and the pupils are colorfully illustrated. There is no focus on the familiar animals or the school, which of course, is nocturnal. The last double-page spread calls out for a few tweet tweets, hoot hoots, and more. Young readers might have benefitted from a discussion of Chester’s classmates of birds, frogs, opossums, squirrels, and others. As written, the connection to school is weak and opportunities to increase vocabulary and print awareness are missed. Although the book format is most welcome for young children, the story feels incomplete. More would have been better as the story as written is less than expected. Activities for classroom use, written by classroom teachers and used for the entire series, can be found on the publisher’s website. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid; Ages 2 to 4.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-19
A sweetened, condensed version of the best-selling picture book, The Kissing Hand.As in the original, Chester Raccoon is nervous about attending Owl's night school (raccoons are nocturnal). His mom kisses him on the paw and reminds him, "With a Kissing Hand… / We'll never be apart." The text boils the story down to its key elements, causing this version to feel rushed. Gone is the list of fun things Chester will get to do at school. Fans of the original may be disappointed that this board edition uses a different illustrator. Gibson's work is equally sentimental, but her renderings are stiff and flat in comparison to the watercolors of Harper and Leak. Very young readers will probably not understand that Owl's tree, filled with opossums, a squirrel, a chipmunk and others, is supposed to be a school.Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original shouldn't look to this version as replacement for their page-worn copies. (Board book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933718774
Publisher:
Tanglewood Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Pages:
14
Sales rank:
31,317
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Read an Excerpt

Chester could feel his mother’s kiss
Leap straight into his heart.
“With a Kissing Hand,” said Chester’s mom,
“We’ll never be apart.

“Just press your hand upon your cheek
And feel that loving glow.
It’s Mommy saying, ‘I love you,’
Wherever you may go.”

Meet the Author


Audrey Penn is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Kissing Hand, and its sequels. Barbara L. Gibson is the illustrator of three Chester Raccoon titles, including A Pocket Full of Kisses and Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully. This is her fifth collaboration with Audrey Penn. They both live in Olney, MD.

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A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheThoughtSpot 28 days ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Tanglewood Press for the opportunity to read and review A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn! This classic children's book has been transformed into a board book edition, with the same message as The Kissing Hand. Simple and beautiful illustrations, sketched and and brought to life with watercolor, represent the loving relationship between a mother and her son. She's trying to build his security and self confidence by giving him her gift of a kissing hand. I remember reading this book to my own children years ago and the comfort that it gave them and me is still memorable. 5 stars!
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most favourite books of all times. From the first moment I read it to my kindergarten class until this very day it still resonates deeply inside of me. This charming, condensed board book version of the best-selling picture book, "The Kissing Hand" will once again bind hearts together as little ones head off to school. Chester is very anxious about attending Owl School (because racoons are nocturnal it will be night classes) and leaving his beloved mother's side at home. He bargains with her to be able to stay: "Chester Raccoon was very sad. He looked at his mommy and cried. "I don't want to go to school," he said. "I want to stay home by your side." He tells her he will read his books, play with his friends and favourite toys and won't make very much noise. Mrs. Raccoon sees the anguish on in her little one's heart and on his face and right then and there she shares a wonderful secret that is sure to ease the pain of his separation anxiety from her. She opens up the palm of Chester's hand and plants a kiss. Her kiss seems electrically charged and it travels from his tiny palm, up his arm and straight into his heart. "With a Kissing Hand," said Chester's mom, We'll never be apart." "Just press your hand upon your cheek And feel the loving glow. It's Mommy saying, 'I love you,' Wherever you may go." You can see by now this sweet book is written in rhyme and is a perfect read aloud as you both snuggle together. It has language simple enough to be memorized and tucked in your little one's heart forever. This meaningful gesture and words can then be called forth when needed most... when mommy who is far away and unreachable. Her loving implanted kiss will be the perfect antidote for the overwhelming feelings of missing her.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: A Kissing Hand For Chester Raccoon Author: Audrey Penn Illustrator: Barbara L Gibson Published: 4-15-2014 Publisher: Tamglewood Press Pages: 32 Genre: Children's Fiction Sub Genre: Family, Animals; Growing Up; New Experiences; Emotions & Feelings ISBN: 13-978-1933718774 ASIN: B005VSIZYO Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars Chester Raccoon is once again put at ease by his mother when she tells him how much he will love school and to help ease anxiety she tells him can carry her love with him through her kiss. Whenever he is lonely or missing his mother all he needs to do is press the hand his mother kissed to his cheek and he will feel her love and comfort all over again. This is a touching way to help a young child cope with the separation from a parent. It could be as simple as a sleepover at a friend's or relative's house or starting school or it could be that a loved one is going away for a short trip or hospital stay. Perhaps even for a permanent loss of a loved one. This is a very useful tool for both the parent and the child. If for some reason you know a child facing an new experience for the first time with out the presence or support of family, then you may want to take a look at "The Kissing Hand".
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
A Kissing Hand has always been a favourite story to read to young children when they are feeling anxious about going to school and leaving their parents. This book, a board book with a shortened story, will be a great one to use with younger children perhaps starting pre-school or junior kindergarten. The message is the same, the illustrations are still wonderful, colourful and adorable and the verse is easy to follow. This would also be a good book to use with early readers as the text is simple and it will not take as long to read as the original story. Nothing is lost with this versionlove is still very apparent. This would be a great addition to any family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.