In The Kissing Handand A Pocket of Kisses, Chester the raccoon overcomes the traumas of going off to school for the first time and adjusting to a new brother. Here he faces a move, since the tree that is home to him, his mother and brother Ronny is being cut down. In rather overstated prose, his mother addresses Chester's reluctance to leave their beloved hollow: " 'I understand how you feel,' she told him in an understanding, motherly voice, 'but I'm afraid we all have to move.' " After the stubborn youngster questions what would happen if he refused to move, his parent cajolingly asks, "Aren't you afraid you'd miss us?" Chester wryly responds, "I'd miss you.... I'm not so sure about Ronny." Penn and Gibson resurrect their earlier books' popular power-of-the-palm-kiss motif as Chester, in a departing gesture, places "a gentle kiss on his palm and pushed it against the wall," while the accompanying illustration reveals glowing red hearts emanating from his paw. Not surprisingly, the skeptical animal finds a new friend immediately after moving into his new hollow and, scooting off to play with her, sends his mother a heart-projecting palm kiss and announces, "All right... I'll stay." Featuring a palette that varies considerably as the tale's scenarios move between day and night, Gibson's sharply focused art effectively conveys Chester's changeable moods. Its sometimes treacly tone notwithstanding, this tale, like its predecessors, should provide reassurance to kids facing a similar transition, as well as a useful starting point for adult-child dialogue. Ages 3-8. (May)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
A Kiss Goodbyeby Audrey Penn, Barbara Leonard Gibson
Moving is hard on everyone, but especially children. Chester Racoon, whom readers have come to know and love through the New York Times bestseller The Kissing Hand, and its sequel, A Pocket Full of Kisses, is facing another dilemma common to the lives of many children; he and his family are moving. Young readers will love the way Chester says goodbye to his old home and learns that there are some exciting aspects to his new home.
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I have used this as a gift for my own children and for those children who transfer in the military due to their parents employment. Great gift and read for all!
Dear Chester is having a difficult time because he is faced with the sad happening that children all over our United States (and the world) have to come to terms with these days: he has to move away from the security of the home he knows and loves. He also has to move away from his familiar friends and school. Many today have to move away from daddys or mommys or grandparents, too. While his mother does all she can to reassure Chester, he is still sad. Fortunately, he knows how to express his feelings. He also finds ways to comfort himself. Ultimately, Chester does make the move with his mom and little brother, finds his new home comfortable and meets a new friend. What makes this book so powerful and beautiful for children is the path that Chester shows them by expressing his feelings of sadness and loss, his fears about moving, and his finding ways to literally carry pieces of his home and room with him to his new house. These and other ways of coping are invaluable for children in crisis, as well as children who simply have to move for reasons of their parent's work transfers and other purposes. Chester's readjustment to his new home shows a child the hope for new friends and a new adventure in a different home. And, the original "kissing hand" is carried through to assure children and Chester that no matter where he is there's the security of love that's always with him. The illustrations are, again, simply beautiful and telling of the story in this book. It can be read from several different venues, but having the hard copy makes it available for a child to pick up whenever he or she needs the extra boost of support and security. I love this book which I hope to get for my grandsons who've moved to CA. I've already read the book to the eldest one for his cassette tape from Grammie. Highly recommended for children of all ages, actually... Moms and Dads, too. 5 safe harbor stars By Grammie Bee