Children’s Book Reviews

The Kissing Hand


This endearing New York Times Bestseller is one of the best children’s books available on the subject of overcoming separation anxiety. Written by Audrey Penn, this delightful story begins with a little raccoon named Chester who is reluctant to go to school for the first time. He would much rather stay in the comfort of his own home with his Mommy Raccoon. Chester is fearful about separating from his mother until Mommy Raccoon passes down the family secret of….The Kissing Hand. Mommy Raccoon explains that each morning she will kiss the palm of Chester’s hand, leaving behind the warmth of her love. When Mommy Raccoon demonstrates by kissing Chester’s hand, he instantly feels her kiss jump off of his palm and rush straight to his heart. Mommy Raccoon explains further that The Kissing Hand cannot be worn off or washed off, but will remain with Chester throughout the day.  The Kissing Hand will make school as cozy as home. If Chester ever feels lonely at school, he can simply press his hand to his cheek and he will once again feel the warmth of his mother’s kiss. At the end of the story, Chester kisses his mother’s hand so that she too will feel comforted while he is away at school. This reassuring and precious story is also beautifully illustrated. It is the perfect book to prepare children for the first day of school or for any type of separation from a parent. This "must read" is a highly recommended addition to your home library.


January 2009:

Mommy, Do You Love Me? written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Jan Fearnley, is a sweet and charming book about the unconditional love between a parent and child! The message is simple… whether Little Chick gets muddy or comes in last place or even chirps too loudly, his mommy will always love him!  Little Chick learns, most importantly, that even when his mommy loses her patience and yells (as moms sometimes do!)  she still loves him. Likewise, even when Little Chick gets upset with his mommy, he still loves her! This heart-warming and reassuring book for young children teaches a valuable lesson about the unconditional love of family.  Sure to become a favorite that will be read over and over again. This beautiful book is definitely worth purchasing for your little one or as a gift!  Perfect for Toddler-preschool age children.

Mommy, Do You Love Me?

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December 2008:

Beat the wintertime blues with this beautifully illustrated and imaginative children’s book.  Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner is a wonderful book choice. Have your children ever wondered why snowmen looks so droopy in the morning? This light-hearted tale set to rhyme explains the secret life of snowmen as they come alive and sneak off to the park at night to frolick in the snow. The illustrations are striking with a unique combination of oil paints set over acrylics. An added bonus to the book is the hidden shapes painted into the wintertime scenes. Young readers will enjoy searching for the hidden images in the snow. A New York Times Best Seller. Perfect for preschool – early elementary age children.

Snowmen at NightSnowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

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