Penn, Audrey. The Kissing Hand. Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak. Terre Haute: Tanglewood Press, c2006.
This is an adorable story about a raccoon that doesn’t want to go to school because he will miss his mother. The mother then tells him about the kissing hand, which makes it easier for him to be separated from his mommy. This is a terrific book filled with such great emotion. It is a favorite of a lot of people, including my son! The way in which it is written gives the reader a chance to take their time and it also has page turning incorporated into the writing.
The illustrations are beautiful. They take on a very realistic approach and are more crisp and clean drawn compared to a lot of books. The illustrators use a lot of bright colors in this book which I think adds to the story. On some of the pages there are separate little illustrations aside from the main ones that show a story in and of itself. There is no real pattern to where the texts is placed because some have full page illustrations, some have two illustrations on one page with text sandwiched in the middle, and some just have text wherever the colors are flat. This does not take away from the story though.
I love the message that this book delivers and would definitely recommend it. 🙂
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