A KISSING HAND FOR CHESTER RACCOON by Audrey Penn

A KISSING HAND FOR CHESTER RACCOON

From the "Kissing Hand" series
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Age Range: 2 - 4
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A sweetened, condensed version of the best-selling picture book, The Kissing Hand.

As in the original, Chester Raccoon is nervous about attending Owl’s night school (raccoons are nocturnal). His mom kisses him on the paw and reminds him, “With a Kissing Hand… / We’ll never be apart.” The text boils the story down to its key elements, causing this version to feel rushed. Gone is the list of fun things Chester will get to do at school. Fans of the original may be disappointed that this board edition uses a different illustrator. Gibson’s work is equally sentimental, but her renderings are stiff and flat in comparison to the watercolors of Harper and Leak. Very young readers will probably not understand that Owl’s tree, filled with opossums, a squirrel, a chipmunk and others, is supposed to be a school.

Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original shouldn’t look to this version as replacement for their page-worn copies. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-933718-77-4
Page count: 14pp
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2014




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