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The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand

by Audrey Penn Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper, Nancy M. Leak

Here is the story of a little raccoon who confronts the first day of school and needs reassurance. Mother Raccoon finds an unforgettable way of communicating the message that everyone most needs to hear. The perfect book for any child taking the plunge into school, endearing illustrations are as soothing as the simple story.School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called “the Kissing Hand” to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.

Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation—whether at the start of school, daycare, or camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school.

3, 6, 4, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 1
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Tanglewood Press
Number of Pages
Bedtime Stories

About the Author and Illustrators

Audrey Penn
Ruth E. Harper
Nancy M. Leak

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