The Kissing Hand

  • Title: The Kissing Hand
  • Author: Audrey Penn
  • Illustrator: Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing
  • Publication year: 1993
  • Brief Summary: From Tanglewood-“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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This is a particularly great book to use for kindergarteners. I found this website called Kindergarten Works that includes activities to do around this book.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –While I like this book, I have been making strides to stay away from too many animal books for this project. However, if I were to choose just a few animal books I think this one would make the top tier. Young children (and adults too) can sometimes be scared and lonely, and this is a great reminder to remember that there are those who love you. One of my favorite illustrations is at the end of the picture book where all the young animals are gathered on tree branches looking towards the owl, their teacher.

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