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Pocket Full of Kisses

Pocket Full of Kisses

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by Audrey Penn, Barbara Leonard Gibson (Illustrator)

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In this tender sequel to the New York Times bestseller and children's classic The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn provides parents with another tale of love and reassurance to share with their children. Chester Raccoon has a baby brother—and the baby brother is taking over his territory. When Chester sees his mother give his baby brother a Kissing Hand—his


In this tender sequel to the New York Times bestseller and children's classic The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn provides parents with another tale of love and reassurance to share with their children. Chester Raccoon has a baby brother—and the baby brother is taking over his territory. When Chester sees his mother give his baby brother a Kissing Hand—his Kissing Hand—he is overcome with sadness, but Mrs. Raccoon soothes his fears with her own special brand of wisdom, finding just the right way to let Chester know he is deeply loved. Brought to life by Barbara Leonard Gibson's warm illustrations, this story is perfect for families who are adjusting to all the changes new members can bring.

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Following up her New York Times–bestselling picture book The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn teams up with illustrator Barbara Leonard Gibson to tell the sweet-natured tale of Chester Raccoon, an older brother who wonders if there are enough kisses to go around between him and his sibling. When Chester expresses frustration with little Ronny, Mrs. Raccoon reassures him with kind words and a Kissing Hand. This tides Chester over until he spots Mama giving Ronny a Kissing Hand, too, and the bewildered raccoon wonders if Mama still loves him at all. But with more tender parenting and a special gift for just him, Chester learns that Mama's love is truly never ending. With Gibson's lush artwork bringing to life the adorable Raccoon family and their green-and-yellow-hued forest, Penn offers a reassuring ode to a parent's love that will give any child ample doses of comfort. This read, published by the Child Welfare League of America, is sure to be a welcome addition to before-bed reading or parent-child sharing times.
Publishers Weekly
When Chester the raccoon was introduced to readers in The Kissing Hand, he was wrestling with the difficult transition of starting school. In this sequel, Chester has another hurdle to overcome: sibling rivalry. It's bad enough that his new brother Ronny is a pest ("He pulls my tail and talks to my friends and follows me everywhere I go!" Chester complains). But the hero is thrown for a loop when he sees Mrs. Raccoon giving Ronny a Kissing Hand-a smooch in the middle of her child's palm, which, as in the first book, sends "the warmth of that kiss [rushing] from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart"-previously reserved just for Chester. "How come you gave the baby my Kissing Hand?" Chester wails. But with his mother's patient reassurance and an analogy borrowed from nature (there will always be enough love to go around, just as the sun never runs out of light), he begins to believe she won't run out. There are certainly more bracing-and less obvious-treatments of this subject. But as the many fans of the original book proved, Penn understands the powerful pull of old-fashioned sentiment; and Gibson's illustrations, more understated than that of the artists' work in the first book, balances the sentimental message with her realistic renderings of nature. The flowery, poignant prose and meticulously detailed, benevolent-looking forest settings seem to spring straight from the heart. Ages 4-8. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this sequel to the bestseller The Kissing Hand, the author pens another tale of love and assurance. Chester Raccoon asks his mother whether they can give back his new little brother, who plays with his toys, teases him, and follows him endlessly. In response his mother says he needs a "Kissing Hand;" she spreads Chester's fingers into a fan and kisses "him right in the middle of his palm." Reassured at first, Chester is heartbroken when he sees his mother give a Kissing Hand to his little brother. His mother hugs Chester and says she'll never run out of Kissing Hands. Then, to make him feel special again, she gives him another kiss for his pocket, this one a spare for when a big brother might need a "little extra care." The words and text convey coziness and loving warmth of the raccoon family. Published by the Child Welfare League of America as part of its commitment to promoting the well being of children and their families, this book is a good choice for a family expecting a new arrival. While its message is obvious, it should bring comfort for a child worried over his place in the family. 2004, Child Welfare League of America, Ages 4 to 8.
—Valerie O. Patterson

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Tanglewood Publishing, Inc.
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8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
AD830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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Pocket Full of Kisses 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a book reviewer for Funseeker's Radio Network I come across a lot of delightful children's book, but this one has to be in the top ten. A mother raccoon has two cubs, with Chester being the older. His mother gives him a kiss in his hand, a 'kissing hand' and he is delighted, until he sees her give one to his baby brother. His mother lets him know that he is loved just as much as his brother and that she has enough love for both of them. The illustrations by Barbara Leonard Gibson are some of the best I have seen and remind me of Harry, my own pet raccoon I had when I was younger. This book needs to be bought in pairs, one for the adult buying it and one or more for the children who will love the story and the message it gives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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DanelleJohns0 More than 1 year ago
This book has a special place in my heart. Pocket Full of Kisses is something that I have read many times to my kids, as each new addition joined our family. I have to laugh every time at the beginning, this is where you have Chester asking his mother if they can give his brother back. I have heard this countless times from my kids. Then when Chester explains why, I chuckle more because that is stuff I hear on a daily basis. I love how the mother explains to Chester that "that is what brothers do". The gentle nature of this book makes the topic easy to explain, even to the youngest of kids. The fact that the book "The Kissing Hand" is brought up in this book is something I enjoy reading with the kids. The mentioning of book makes a great tie in to go back and revisit the story and lessons from the "The Kissing Hand". I know that because the kissing hand gesture was so special and shared in love, each of the kids understood the "horror" Chester must have felt when his mother shared this gesture with his little brother. In the end, the kids and I realize how special each child and parent relationship is. This book shares how to help and ease the adjustment of adding new siblings to a family. That just because the family grows, the love and special moments for each individual child grows too. The pictures and illustrtions in this book are again cute and amazing. This is another "must-have" in any parents library. This is another book that I plan on keeping around for grandchilden.
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I am now a huge fan of Audrey Penn. I have now read and reviewed 4 of her titles and have simply adored them all. I feel her books are beautifully illustrated, with loveable characters and contain heartwarming messages. A POCKET PULL OF KISSES A Pocket Full of Kisses is about Chester getting a new baby brother and having to deal with sharing his Mother's love. I just love the whole "kissing hand" theme and loved that is appears in all of Penn's books (those that I have read at least). I think that the transition is hard for any child when a new sibling enters the family. A Pocket Full of Kisses helps ease Chester into welcoming and accepting his new bother. I just loved this book, as did my 2 boys.
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Sunflower6_Cris More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son when we knew we were expecting another child. We read it so much and we practice pockets full of kisses every night before he goes to bed as well as when he goes away to school.
Love this book and would recommend it to anyone with children!