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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
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Feb 05, 2009

it was amazing

Author: Audrey Penn

Illustrator: Ruth Harper

Genre: Fiction Picture Book

Publication Info: Tanglewood Press: 2007

Reading Level: Early Readers

Topic/Theme: Relationships and comfort/ Starting School/ Separation anxiety

Issues Addressed: Overcoming fear and uncomfortable situations.

Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Individual Reading

Summary: Chester Raccoon is going to start school and he is a little nervous. He really just wants to stay home with his mother. His mother kisses his hand so that he can take it with him to school. Whenever he gets homesick, he rubs his hand on his cheek to let him know his mom is still with him.

Text and image: I absolutely love the illustrations throughout the book. They are beautifully mastered and bring Chester raccoon to life. The text is written magnificently as well. Penn brings the voice to the raccoon. She really puts into perspective what a child finds as important. The text and the image work wonderfully together.

Literary Devices: Personification, flashback (remembering the kiss)


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