Mommy's Best Kisses

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There are many ways to say I love you to a child, and now way is sweeter than with a kiss. Every mother knows small hands, a plump tummy, tiny fingers, and wiggling toes all beg to be kissed time and time again.

Margaret Anastas's loving rhyme and Susan Winter's gentle illustrations of animal mamas and their adorable babies will make this a family favorite.

Animal mommies lovingly kiss their ...

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Overview

There are many ways to say I love you to a child, and now way is sweeter than with a kiss. Every mother knows small hands, a plump tummy, tiny fingers, and wiggling toes all beg to be kissed time and time again.

Margaret Anastas's loving rhyme and Susan Winter's gentle illustrations of animal mamas and their adorable babies will make this a family favorite.

Animal mommies lovingly kiss their animal babies.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rhyming couplets and soft pastel drawings reveal parent-child affection between animals and also humans. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Janet Crane Barley
My favorite toddler gives this book her highest rating with rolling chortles of delight throughout the reading of the book and many choruses of "again" when it is finished. Each two-page spread shows a mother animal with her baby and a sentence about their kiss. For example, Mother Kangaroo tells her baby, "I kiss your five fingers that squeeze mine so tight." It lends itself to the reader kissing the listener as each animal mother does, but even without that interaction, the book delighted my almost-three-year-old listener. She also wanted plenty of time to look at the softly realistic and appealing animal illustrations. The back of the book shows a mother mouse with her baby surrounded by the message, "Every mother knows that the sweetest way to say ‘I love you' is with a kiss." This loving book shows that animals know all about a mother's love too. Even so, Grandmas and Daddies can share this book, its loving message, and its kisses quite effectively with a special child. Now available in a delightful board book edition. Reviewer: Janet Crane Barley
Children's Literature
My favorite toddler gives this book her highest rating with rolling chortles of delight throughout the reading of the book and many choruses of "again" when it is finished. Each two-page spread shows a mother animal with her baby and a sentence about their kiss. For example, Mother Kangaroo tells her baby: "I kiss your five fingers that squeeze mine so tight." It lends itself to the reader kissing the listener as each animal mother does, but even without that interaction, the book delighted my almost-three-year-old listener. She also wanted plenty of time to look at the softly realistic and appealing animal illustrations. The back of the book shows a mother mouse with baby surrounded by the message: "Children need lots of kisses. And mommies kiss them just right." Even so, Grandmas and Daddies can share this book, its loving message and its kisses quite effectively with a special child. 2003, Harper Collins Publishers,
— Janet Crane Barley
School Library Journal
PreS-"I kiss your small hands/as you reach for my face,/I kiss your sweet neck-/it's my favorite place." So starts this lovely book as soft, gentle, meticulous illustrations in pastel corals, blues, and tans depict animal mothers tenderly kissing their babies. The last pictures are of a human mother and her toddler reading a book and saying good night with a kiss. The text is rhythmic and beautifully descriptive, listing places to be kissed that can apply to human as well as animal babies. Winter's art is reminiscent of Susan Jeffers's work and, with the poetic text, makes a special bedtime book for one-on-one sharing.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Pink knees, soft necks, and round tummies beg to be kissed again and again in this sweet rhyming celebration of the love of mothers for their babies. Readying their little ones for bedtime, a menagerie of animals goes through the ritual kissing of each of their baby's parts. A chipmunk kisses small hands; a giraffe bends to kiss a long neck; a chimpanzee reaches in to kiss strong arms as they dangle from a branch. A pig, a polar bear, an elephant, and many more soothe, tickle, and love their babies with soft kisses on all the kissable spots. Finally a young child, human this time, curls in his mother's lap as she reads to him: "I kiss your dear face / and I whisper good night. / I blow one last kiss / while I turn out the light." Snuggling into sleep, all of the babies are reminded that tomorrow the kissing will begin again. Winter's (Always Copy Cub, 2002, etc.) gentle illustrations rendered in soft washes of color offer a dreamy depiction of the mothers of all shapes and sizes. A wonderful anytime choice for encouraging head-to-toe kisses. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064438391
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Anastas is the coauthor of the New York Times best-seller Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks. She has worked in children's books for many years and lives in Pelham, New York, with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Owen and Zoe.

Susan Winter was born in South Africa and graduated from Natal University before becoming a social worker in South Africa and later in London. After the birth of her second child, she studied illustration at the Chelsea School of Art and began a new career as a freelance illustrator of children's books. Her books include Copy Me, Copycub and Always Copycub by Richard Edwards. Ms. Winter lives in West London with her son and daughter.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Buy It!

    This is a great book. My four year old gave it to me for Mother's Day. He loves to read it each night before bed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Instant baby gift!

    This is a beautiful book that creates an incredible reading experience for a Mom and her child. It is short and oh so very, very sweet! Don't miss it! I give it over and over as a baby gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Kisses A Hit with Maya

    My 19 month old daughter loves this book. She has learned parts of her body as I follow along and kiss each part. We rented it from the Public Library and had to keep renewing until we decided it was worth buying. It was recommended by one of the baby magazines and well worth a daily read, Doris Davis

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