Monday, August 8, 2011
The Kissing Hand
If you anticipate that you or your child will have a difficult time saying goodbye that first day back-to-school, then I highly recommend The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (c. 1993). Here's a book beloved by children and parents alike because it presents a wonderful word picture, illustrating how children can carry their parents' love with them throughout the day (or night, in the case of these nocturnal mammals). I especially love the wisdom and consolation Chester's mother weaves together as she encourages her son. The perfect book for back to school apprehension, this story might cause even the most practiced of us to tear up.