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I read and review books for Reading with your kids Podcast and I read this book to my 5 year old niece, Sarah and she absolutely loved it. After reading the book, I kissed her hands to say goodbye and she did the same with me just as Chester raccoons does to her Mom in this book. We found the cutest way to say good night or good bye or at any time of separation after reading this book. It is a beautiful picture book for preschoolers and young children and I would recommend it for ages 5 to 7. This book is a story of Chester Raccoon that is going to school for the first time. School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, her mother shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. His mother kisses his palm, then she closes his hand and he takes her love to school with him. Chester feels less scared after that and before going inside the school he kisses his mother's hand as well so his mother remembers that he loves her too. I love the concept of how his mom will always be there with him if he misses her as he can just put his palm on his cheek and he will feel better. This is such a sweet story. Every child, at some age, goes through a time where they miss their mothers. This can be a hard time for a child when they are at school and get sad because all they want is their mom and this book can help them ease their pain with the concept of Kissing Hand.
My 4 year old really liked the kissing hand idea, and took quite a bit of comfort from it. I also think it is very sweet that the little raccoon gives his mum's hand some kisses too. The fact that the animals were nocturnal was a bit confusing for my little lad though, I had to explain that he wouldn't be going to school at night-time too!
At first my 2.5yo was distracted by stickers which he stuck all over the pages! It took me few days to convince him to read it, but he loved it and we read it few times. It seems that the story helped him in some way with his separation anxiety when I keave for work, hope it will help in few months time when he will start school. I am not sure if the format i choose is the best for small kids, I had to remove and save the cover and stickers in our case were a distraction, but overall the book is good quality, with a very cute and emotional story and a nice design
I bought this book for my just turned 4 year old as he'll be starting school shortly. Having suffered when younger with separation anxiety, this book was a great help in helping him to understand I will always be there for him in his heart even if I'm not there physically. We do our 'Kissing Hand' when he goes out without me or vice versa, and it is so sweet... I'm hoping it will help the transition to Big School in a weeks' time! A beautiful book, endearing and uplifting :)
My daughter had separation anxiety at nursery. We used this book and she now does this each time I drop her off. Story of a raccoon who's scared to leave his mummy. Mummy kisses his palm and he keeps the kiss with him all day long. Really simple technique but does work.