Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Kissing Hand

For many children, school began yesterday. While lots of kids are excited to go to school, some children feel a great deal of trepidation. There are several good books about going to school, but this is one of my favorites.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is about Chester the raccoon who is afraid to go to school. He'd rather stay home with his mother. His mother tells him about "the kissing hand", a secret passed down in their family. She opens his hand and kisses his palm. At school, or any time he's away from home, he only needs to press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother's kiss.

The Kissing Hand is very touching and reassuring for youngsters (and their mothers). It's especially excellent for children heading to preschool or kindergarten for the first time.

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