The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand

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by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper, Nancy M. Leak

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The Kissing Hand, used by millions of parents and children starting school or facing separation, is now brought to life in an ebook. A perfect addition to the home, classroom or library audio collection!  See more details below


The Kissing Hand, used by millions of parents and children starting school or facing separation, is now brought to life in an ebook. A perfect addition to the home, classroom or library audio collection!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her foreword to Penn's sugary tale about Chester, a young raccoon who would rather stay at home than go to school, Jean Kennedy Smith notes that the story is ``for any child who confronts a difficult situation, and for the child within each of us who sometimes needs reassurance.'' Its obvious message is delivered by Mrs. Raccoon, who tells her son that ``I know a wonderful secret that will make your nights at school seem as warm and cozy as your days at home.'' She then kisses his palm, and Chester feels the kiss ``rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart.'' Whenever he gets lonely, she advises, he is to press his hand to his cheek and ``that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts.'' As it may for youngsters in comparable situations, this ``secret'' works for Chester, who in turn kisses his mother's palm so that she, too, will be reassured. Sprinkled with hearts and flowers, Harper and Leak's paintings of the raccoons and their woodland habitat are pleasant if sentimental. Ages 3-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-When Chester Raccoon is reluctant to start school, his mother addresses his fears, then kisses his hand so he will have her love with him while they are apart. After this exchange, he gives her a ``Kissing Hand'' as well and scampers off happily to school. This bit of bibliotherapy comes with CHILD WELFARE LEAGUE emblazoned on the cover, a letter from the chairperson of this group, a page of stickers on the flyleaf, and an order form attached to the back cover. Now, all this marketing wouldn't be so bad if the book were better. Unfortunately, the didactic story is reminiscent of some of the sweet and soppy selections from the '50s, and the artwork is just a cut above greeting-card quality. There are so many better ``starting school'' offerings that this one is not even in the running.-JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Bobbie Combs
When it's time to send a child off to school for the very first time, it's hard to say who is the most anxious about it—the parent or the child. Both will appreciate the sweet and gentle message in The Kissing Hand, a softly illustrated picture book.
Alternative Family Magazine
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"This gently reassuring tale by Audrey Penn has been used for many years by parents to prepare young children for new experiences." — School Library Journal

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The Kissing Hand 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love the paper version of this book, but when I purchased it for our Nook I was really disappointed. The layout is terrible and the words are very small and not always matched with the right pictures.
LouiseJH More than 1 year ago
A wonderful message for children facing separation from a parent, especially those just starting school. This book is reassuring in stating that love continues even when a child is apart from a mother. There's also an element of learning in that the story brings out information about nocturnal animals. It was a delight to read to four and five year olds.
PookieBaby More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my daughter who was going away to college. I helped her set up her room and snuck it under her pillow before I left. She called me later that night when she found it and LOVED IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolutely delightful book to share with toddlers. Such a good way to ease the difficulty of saying good-bye, even for just a short time. My grandchildren, ages 7 and 5,occasionally still ask for that kiss on the hand when leaving. I now give this book as a baby gift to all new mothers, so they too can share it with their little one.
vicfern More than 1 year ago
This book is very helpful for both the parent and the child. It lets your child know that while away from mommy/daddy that they are close at heart. It's sort of from my heart to yours we will always be together. Think of me and I'm there close to your heart, just a kiss away. No need to be scared because I am always with you, in your thoughts and in your heart. It was great for me and my 4 year old. I love it and read it to her over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book to introduce the concept of leaving home for school to your little ones. My 3-year-old wanted me to read it to her over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like to buy this book to give as gifts. It is a wonderful book to illustrate about caring for others. My grandchildren love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was dissappointed since this is sucha a great story. But buy the book instead. Nook is too small to accomodate pictures consistently with the text. Perhaps a larger tablet would work fine, but Nook doesn't.
Alismimi More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most touching stories to help your child going to nursey, pre-school or school. I personally knew about this book several years before my first Grandaughter was even born. It should go to every child in every home.
DanelleJohns0 More than 1 year ago
Throughout the years all of my children have been read or have read on their own this book. It is a book that has been a "staple" in our home. I get the pleasure of now reading it to my littlest one, like a handed down tradition. This book, as most of you know, has been used in schools and for introducing new situations. I will admit that it is perfect for the "First Day of School Jitters", but I have shared it with my kids because it is a wonderful book all on its own. The kids have always loved the pictures and they could not resist a baby racoon. All my kids were able to relate to how Chester was feeling, which in turn allowed them to see that it was normal. The thing I love most about this book is the simple way that it teaches kids about feeling anxiety. The way it is written and the pictures allow all ages to be drawn into the story. This book is such a sensation that you can easily do a search to come up with extra activities to do with your children while you read the book. This allows for more sharing and teaching about feelings. (I will post a few of those links to activities at the end of this post) I have only read to my littlest a few times, but he does not fidgit during the story. I think even he is loving the pictures that go with the experience that Chester and his mother goes through. I recommend this book for every household. It really is a classic and a perfect example of a "tradition" to hand down.
BreLeah More than 1 year ago
The Kissing Hand By Audrey Penn Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak Age Range: 4 to 8 Tanglewood Press IN, 2006 (32 pp, $12.95, paperback) Rating 5/5 Audrey Penn's simple, but powerful text would touch anyone's heart. A young raccoon, who is having doubts about the first day of school, decides he would much rather stay home with his mother. Unfortunately, staying home is usually not an option and Mrs. Raccoon shares a "wonderful secret" to help him feel safe while at school. A simple kiss on a hand and a touch on a cheek is all that takes for this young Raccoon, Chester, to take a leap into his first journey alone. Although this book is listed for children ages 4 to 8, I believe any person who has a child within themselves would appreciate the warm feeling you get after reading The Kissing Hand. The illustrations are simple. To some, that might affect how a child reacts to a book however, the purpose of the book and the illustrations match flawlessly. The simplest action, like kissing a hand, can have the everlasting feeling of comfort and love. Through this secret and heartwarming reassurance, Penn captures the doubt in a child's mind and the heartache of mothers letting go for the first time. I highly recommend this book to parents who want to reassure their children, and even themselves, the love that will always be with them even away from home. The Kissing Hand would be an excellent classic to add to a library in any home or classroom. visit my blog at blogspot -> Beyond The Cover
Guest More than 1 year ago
O my go this is the best book to read to little kids cause they will do the kissing hand for ever. My mother read this to me as long as i can remeber i guess i was 6 and we have been doing the kissing hand scene and im 13 years of age.HAHA! I love this book it is great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so beatiful i remember my mother reading this to me this book is very dear to me read this to your children they will enjoy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom use to read this book to me and for years after i would always ask my mom for a kiss on my hand before i would leave to school!!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am ten and love this book! My mom used to read this to me all the time and I loved it so much it is one of my favorite books!!!!!I would buy it but I don't have enough money on my gift card!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn This story is about a little raccoon that has a fear of going to school until his mother fills him in on an old family secret "the kissing hand". This book is applicable to all the things children may fear at one point or another; school, camp, sleeping at a friend's house. It has beautiful pictures that sparked my children's interest and kept it until the end of the book. They wanted to talk about what they saw. When the book was done my son opened my hand and kissed my palm, so adorable!
kissing-hands More than 1 year ago
This book is so cute, my mom read it to me when I was 5.But anyway it was one of my favorite books then. I recamond it for ages 4-7.
mommy_luvs_books More than 1 year ago
The Kissing Hand is such a touching and sentimental story. A true classic and a great read for parents and children who are getting ready for the first day of Kindergarten, the first day of preschool, or the first separation. My kids absolutely love this book and so do I!
JVJ3 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I read it to my kids all of the time.
BethandNicksmom More than 1 year ago
I purchased The Kissing Hand several years ago for my own children after my daughter's kindergarten teacher read it to her and she fell in love with getting the stickers. I recently purchased it again for my grandson ( and his parents) It is a very sweet story of parental love. A classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was struggling with telling my son about seperating with my husband/posible devorce and this book helped too not only with school issuses but other life problems as well. this is a great book. A kiss can go a long way in a childs eyes and heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for little kids! It helped me feel better about starting preschool. When my mom first read it to me, it helped me stop crying and realize that her love follows me to school and everywhere I go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great for my son when he had any kind of separation anxiety, whether it be school, a babysitter or whatever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is too mushy for my liking. Eww, kisses... Make your kid grow up and not need a kiss in order to go to school. Kids like that are going to have problems in the future. Instead of doing something like this, how about just say &quot;Go to school, you will be fine&quot; and not say anything else. They can cry, but they will get over it. Ew kisses. Ew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I have read for teaching children about separation issues. I loved it and so did my four year old great granddaughters! I would recommend this for anyone to read!!