The Kissing Hand

by Audrey Penn illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

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Soft and calming, this beloved picture book reassures young readers that a mother's love can travel any distance.

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Chester Raccoon is feeling sad—he's not ready for his first day of school. He'd rather stay home and play with his toys or spend time with his friends. Most of all, Chester doesn't want to leave his mom.

Mother Raccoon reminds Chester that sometimes little raccoons have to do things they'd rather not do, and she promises him that school won't seem strange and scary for long. Finally, she shares a special secret with Chester—a secret her mom shared with her—about feeling warm and cozy while they're apart. What could it be?

This gentle, classic story is an ideal choice for any child facing new situations or challenges.
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    • Grades: PreK - 1
    • Ages: 4 - 6
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 8" x 10"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-590-04701-2

Editorial Reviews

"Sprinkled with hearts and flowers, Harper and Leak's paintings of the raccoons and their woodland habitat are pleasant."
Publishers Weekly