The Kissing Hand

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Bibliographic Information:  Penn, Audrey.  The Kissing Hand.  (1993). Wachington D.C.: Child & Family Press.

Brief Annotation:  This book is about a young raccoon, and his mother.  The young raccoon did not want to go to school for the first time.  The mother, told him a secret to help him cope.  She kissed him on the hand, and told him she was always with him, loving him.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-1

Readers who will like this: Children who are not only starting school for the first time, or simply are shy when they do have to go to school would find this book helpful.

Rating/Response: 5 This book shows how a mother can love her child, even though she cannot always be with him or her.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do you ever find that you have to do something you are not comfortable with?  What makes you feel better?

Reading Strategy: First Days

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great early book to read to kindergarteners, as well as first graders.  This book helps ease the anxiety that having to go to school all alone might bring upon children.

Posted by: Alexa Wachter

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