There are all kinds of kisses...
Cheep kisses. Moo kisses. Maaa kisses. Coo kisses...
But the best kiss of all...
Is Mommy's kiss goodnight. Sweet dreams, little one!

Mommies and babies aren't the only ones who enjoy sharing kisses. All throughout the farm, animal families snuggle up with their little ones, offering them warmth and love. ...
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There are all kinds of kisses...
Cheep kisses. Moo kisses. Maaa kisses. Coo kisses...
But the best kiss of all...
Is Mommy's kiss goodnight. Sweet dreams, little one!

Mommies and babies aren't the only ones who enjoy sharing kisses. All throughout the farm, animal families snuggle up with their little ones, offering them warmth and love. Following a mama bird on her journey back to the nest to give her own baby some special cuddles, Nancy Tafuri uses beautiful, inviting illustration to share how different creatures, from peeping ducks to mooing cows, show their love and affection in very similar ways. A heartfelt homage to all of the wonderful kinds of kisses
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Editorial Reviews

Pamela Paul
Have You Seen My Duckling? fans will welcome a return visit from the little ones with their "peep kisses."
—The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
On and around the farm, every baby animal savors a special kind of kiss, in accordance with its signature sound. “Little Chick loves Cluck kisses,” writes Tafuri. “Little Calf loves Mooo kisses.” Even Little Bunny gets a distinctive quiet “Shhh” kiss. Exercising her prerogative as a human author (and harkening back to the format of her I Love You, Little One), Tafuri wraps up by declaring that the best kiss of all is “Mommy’s kiss good night,” although quibblers may note that our species apparently does not have a unique kissing sound. Tafuri’s generously scaled, splendidly hued watercolors immerse readers in an idyllic world of mutually adoring parents and offspring. Her animal renderings feel slightly less consistent than usual: she has few peers when it comes to depicting feathered animals, but her sheep seem more tiled than woolly. The full-bleed spreads hold an added bonus for attentive readers: they can follow a daddy bluebird as he hunts for food before settling down in the penultimate pages for a twilight snuggle with his own downy darling. Ages 3–6. (Jan.)
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* "Many bedtime books featuring animal sound exist, but few are executed with such skill; this one has the potential to become a classic."—Kirkus

"Closer observation of Tafuri's beautifully textured watercolors rewards viewers with additional narrative... Like the best busy day, time has flown, leaving everyone satisfied, comforted, and ready for bed."—Horn Book

School Library Journal
PreS—Using her distinctively recognizable artwork rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, Tafuri has created another loving book for toddlers. While it is difficult to know whether or not farm animals actually give kisses, readers will relate to the protectiveness and tenderness that adult doves, cows, and other animals show their young with "coo" and "moo" kisses. The illustrations and the font size are large, making the book ideal for storytimes. Detailed illustrations such as furry lines on Little Bunny and Mother, as well as vibrant black-and-white feathers on Mother Hen, stand out on the pages. Mother Bluebird and other creatures portrayed on previous pages appear in the background as the tale progresses. In that way, children who are looking at the art in subsequent readings can pore over the pictures, looking for intriguing designs that they may have missed during the initial reading. Another winner.——Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
That picture-book master for the very young, Caldecott Honoree Tafuri (Have You Seen My Duckling?, 1985), proves the barnyard a fertile setting in her latest offering. As readers follow mama bird flying around the farm, various animals show affection for their families. In her classic oversized style, the author/illustrator uses watercolors to warmly portray creatures that fascinate young children. The simple text begins, "Little ones love kisses." But "Little Chick loves Cheep kisses" and "Little Dove loves Cooo kisses." The familiar barnyard animals included are painted close up, as if to appear life size. And although their common accompanying sounds are reflected in the text, readers will notice softly drawn words for the sounds emanating from the creatures' mouths. Even an animal that is known for being silent is added: "Little Bunny loves quiet--Sniff--kisses!" The cozy story concludes with what most already know, "the best kiss of all… / is Mommy's kiss good night." Little ones will appreciate the large format and respond to the predictable repetition of the text. Slightly older children can interact further with the book by trying to find the blue bird on each full-bleed spread. Many bedtime books featuring animal sounds exist, but few are executed with such skill; this one has the potential to become a classic. (Picture book. 1-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316210140
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD570L (what's this?)
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Nancy Tafuri is recognized for her exquisitely detailed depictions of farm animals and cuddly woodland creatures. She has authored more than forty-five books for the very young, including Daddy Hugs and Have You Seen My Duckling?, which won a Caldecott Honor. Nancy lives in Connecticut. You can visit her online at nancytafuri.com.

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