School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has ...Read MoreSchool is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive. For the 20th anniversary of this children's classic, the book is shrink-wrapped with a set of heart-in-palm gloves, along with a special letter from the author to her readers.Read Less
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This book is great for helping children cope with separating from their parents.
Oct 1, 2009
very cute book
I read this to my preschool class on the 1st day of school. It is about a little racoon who is afraid to go to school, and his mother teaches him a little trick to help him be brave. Very cute story.
Oct 25, 2008
Sweet, Sweet Book
I ordered this for my granddaughter who started kindergarten. Little did I know they started the year out with this book in the classroom. What a sweet book to start school with and is even more special from grandma to my sweet granddaughter who missed her momma on the first day of school.
Jul 3, 2007
A must read for parents!
I love this book...it is a must read for any parent sending their child to school for the first time. In the story, Mama raccoon reassures Little raccoon that everything would be fine on his first day of school. If he started to miss her, she told him to press the kissed hand against his cheek. Though we can't always be with our children, a little kiss can be a powerful thing!
Publishers Weekly, 2007-07-09 The Kissing Hand, the 1993 tale of a raccoon reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, is now available as a book-and-CD package. The CD contains narration of the story with and without page-turn signals, as well as a new, original tune, "Chester's Song," performed in a sentimental, lullaby-esque/show-tune style with piano accompaniment by Heather Koren. (Tanglewood, $9.95 paperback-and-CD, 24p ages 3-8 ISBN 9781-933718-10-1; June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-01-24 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.)
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