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The Kiss Box

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  143 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
A reassuring story about separation and love

In this soothing love story between mother and child, Mama Bear offers various vessels to contain their love while they are apart--but none seem right. It's not until Little Bear suggests that they make each other a Kiss Box--filled with a hundred kisses--that they are able to stay connected--no matter where they are.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Orchard Books
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Jun 15, 2015 Slytano rated it liked it
Dear Mama Bear,

From this book I learned that you were always home, but one day you needed to go away-just for a little while.

What I don't understand is: where did you need to go?

Why did you need to leave your tiny baby bear all by himself while you were gone?

Why did you leave him with imaginary kisses to keep him company in your absence?

Mama Bear, I want you to understand this is a serious matter and that I have reported you to social services. I can only suspect that you abandoning you son to d
Feb 16, 2015 RemiGuinto rated it really liked it
The story begins with Baby Bear reflecting back on how all Mamas must go away at some point, even if it's for a little while, and that it's bound to happen sooner or later. He tells his mother that he will miss her while she's gone, and the two promise to keep each other in their thoughts while they are away from each other. Mama Bear ensures that she will seem like she isn't gone for long, as she will put all her kisses in something for Baby Bear to have so any time he opens it, a kiss will fly ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Ashley added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
The Kiss Box is another favorite book that my children and I love to read together. The book helps children deal with mom not always being able to be there with the children. The story helps children to understand that even though we are apart, their mothers always think of them and love them more than anything. The child in the story makes a box for his mother to carry with her to always know when she needs a kiss there is one for her and the mama does the same for him. I think this would be a ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg is an adorable story about a mama bear that has to leave her little bear for a while. Little bear says he will miss her terribly, and she tells him she will send him love and kisses every minute she is away. He wonders how he can keep the kisses she sends to him, and he comes up with an idea to make a box to keep all the love and kisses mama bear sends to him. He helps mama bear make a box, too so she can keep the love and kisses he sends to her when they are apart ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 16, 2014 Ms Threlkeld rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
A good story for reassuring kids that their parents are always thinking of them, even when apart. I like the idea of a kiss box and can see myself creating something similar for my kids one day. I did find it a little odd that the mom tells her son she'll go away soon, but it's never clear why she's leaving. Is she going on a trip, to work, away for a long time? That part of the story was too vague for my liking.
Jan 09, 2014 babyhippoface rated it liked it
When Mama Bear has to be away for a while, Baby Bear worries about how much he will miss her. Mama assures him that her loves will always be with him, no matter where they are or what happens. She says she will leave him 100 kisses to keep him company, and every time he misses her, he will have all those 100 kisses. Baby Bear likes this idea but wonders how he can send kisses back to Mama. Then he gets a wonderful idea. He makes Mama a kiss box with his picture and a hundred kisses inside so she ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla, picture-book
Little Bear seeks reassurance from Mama Bear that she will always return to him, and that her love for him will never waver, even while they're apart. To help him deal with his anxiety, Mama Bear tells him she'll send him kisses or store them in a jar or an envelope. He, in turn, prepares a box filled with 100 of his kisses for his mother. She makes one for him as well. The author includes an explanation about how her own family used a kiss jar, making the story even more poignant. The watercolo ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
First of all: Awwwwwwwwww. What a sweet book!

Second of all: Audrey and Don Wood were the godparents for the author's child -- how cool is that?!

And, lastly: What a beautiful idea.

Apr 21, 2015 Tracy rated it it was amazing
adorable and a great idea for families that are apart a lot. would be great for military families especially.
Ashley Smith
Sep 08, 2015 Ashley Smith rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book for the working mom or for the mom heading back to work!!
Victoria Galvan
Nov 11, 2014 Victoria Galvan rated it it was amazing
not sure why this book is flsgged for mature content
Terri Lynn
Mar 15, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, children
I love this sweet, comforting picture book for young children. Mama Bear has always been home with Little Bear but she has to go away on a trip and Little Bear will miss her terribly. Together they come up with a clever way to leave kisses for one another for whenever they feel lonely and miss each other. I wish this book had been around when my own were little and I am enjoying sharing it with every small child I am around. I find they all love it and so do I. Share this with a kid you love and ...more
Brooke Mullins
Dec 06, 2012 Brooke Mullins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-4050
Little Bear finds a way to feel Mama Bears love when she is away and also send his love to her through the exchange of a kiss box.

Kindergarten can be hard for many parents and children. This book can help them adjust to being away from home during the day and can be created into the students making their own kiss boxes.

This book would make a great first day of school read aloud in Kindergarten but for all other grades I would leave it as a classroom library book.

Jun 29, 2011 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tatiana by: Scholastic
A sweet and tender separation anxiety story where a mother puts her child at ease about being apart. This patient Mama answers all of her child's questions, soothing his worries away with reassurances, hugs and kisses. What parents and educators should try out with small children going to school for the first time is make a kissing box, an amazing way to keep child and parent together even when they each have to be somewhere else. Highly recommended for ages four and up.
Jul 16, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: bears
GREAT illustrations!
Dec 27, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, love
A mother bear has to leave her little bear for a short while but he doesn't want her to go. She tells him she will make a kiss jar, kiss envelope, and kiss fingers so that her love will always come to him. He surprises her by making a kiss box for her and then they make one for him together. A cute story for one on one sharing or for older preschoolers in a storytime setting, but nothing that is that original.
Amy Burch
Dec 07, 2011 Amy Burch rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A very cute story. This would be a good book to have a student read if their parent is going on a long business trip or off to war. Ther mama bear and baby bear try to come up with ways to always be together, so they come up with a kiss box that contains 100 kisses. Now they can always be together wherever they are.
Monica Michaud
Sep 13, 2012 Monica Michaud rated it it was amazing
Baby bear is upset that his mom has to leave for a little bit. He wants to make sure she still loves him so he decides to make a kiss box. Whenever they are apart they can still have kisses from each other. They just open their boxes filled with 100 kisses. This book is very sweet and helps with separation issues.
Erica Jones
Jan 14, 2014 Erica Jones rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Appropriate for k-2 grade
Mar 21, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I wasn't sure what I thought about this book until I read it to my four-year-old. It really spoke to her! We talked about how I have to go away sometimes but I always come back, etc. She was just delighted to find herself in a story.
Jan 31, 2013 Stacey rated it liked it
Sweet story. Loved the writer's note at the end. If you have to leave your little one for an extended time, it would be nice to read the book and have a project making kiss boxes before the separation.
Linda Atkinson
Dec 06, 2011 Linda Atkinson rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this gem for parents looking for books that deal with separation anxiety as well as for preK story times (with a built in extension activity;). Recommended age 3+
When Mama Bear and Little Bear have to be apart, they each keep kisses in a special box as a reminder that they are always loved and remembered.
Mar 30, 2012 Jj rated it liked it
Sappy, yes...but do be sure to read the storyteller's note after the end of the story. I can't help but like this more after reading it.
Sweet story and good for a read aloud with Kiss box craft for Mother's Day. I loved the backstory involving author Audrey Wood. Lovely.
Feb 17, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
SO cute! I just love the idea of a kiss box. It will help being away from my own children when I eventually decide to have some.
Oct 25, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
A little sappy, but I think this book would be good to read to any child that has to be away from their parent.
Feb 08, 2013 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
I like The Kissing Hand better. Same kind of story. My favorite part was actually the author's note in the back.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jul 09, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it liked it
Shelves: parent-mom
separation anxiety type story between a young bear and his mother...sweet...maybe a little too sweet.
Wendy Twigge
Apr 24, 2013 Wendy Twigge rated it it was amazing
loved this children's book.. Every parent should read it to their children and more than once
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