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The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand

eBook - 2009
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Tanglewood Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781933718361
Branch Call Number: Downloadable eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource : col. ill


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When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

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Mar 03, 2019

I Loved The Kissing Hand.

What's so funny is that about a week ago I told my grands, who live far away and are going through difficult times to kiss their own hands and put it on their cheeks their siblings and parents cheeks as a kiss from Grandma.

I have ordered from our library (and been reading!) over 40 books to find perfect keepsake books for the grands to commemorate starting preschool and kindergarten. In doing my library search, I came across The Kissing Hand which is about holding tight to that kiss WHEN faced with the first day of school! How cool is that.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him. Ages 0-6.

Jan 08, 2015

Chester Raccoon is nervous about going to school for the first time. His mother tells him about all of the wonderful things Chester will get to do at school. Plus she tells him a secret. She places a kiss in his hand and tells him that any time during school that he feels the need for love from home, he can place his hand to his cheek and think, "Mommy loves you." When mother raccoon brings Chester to school he in turn places a kiss in her hand and gives her a "kissing hand."

The illustrations in this story are colorful, rich and lovely. Every page is a joy to look at.

The story is very sweet. It is a wonderful way to talk about fears about school and the comfort of thinking of a parent's love. The raccoon goes to school at night because he is a nocturnal animal. This is another learning opportunity to teach about why Chester does not go to school during the day. I absolutely love the end where mother raccoon puts Chester's kiss against her cheek and says, "Chester loves you," because sending children to school for the first time is hard on moms too.

A lovely story. I highly recommend for any age of child going to school for the first time.

KRockstar10 Oct 04, 2013

Very sweet. I can certainly see myself reading this to a child in the future.

SCL_Preschool Aug 17, 2012

One of our favourite starting school books. Perfect for nervous kids and parents alike.

CEganAKAMmy Jul 06, 2012

My son's JK teacher read this book at the beginning of the school year. She then had the students trace their hand on paper and attach a sticker of "kissing lips" on the palm. The kids were then encouraged to share it with their parents and carry it in their back pack each day, if they found the transition to school difficult. Then, they would know that they too had a kiss from Mom/Dad with them all day in case they needed it.

JewelMcLatchy Apr 01, 2012

Beautiful story and illustrations.

Nov 02, 2011

This book was too mature for my one-and-a-half year old, but I liked the story and will definitely check it out again in a year or two if the message seems timely at that point.

Jul 16, 2011

A beautiful book for children heading off to school or daycare for the first time.

Aug 06, 2008

Great book for kids preparing to go to school. Very touching for parents too.

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