Since the beginning of another school year is right around the corner, I've picked a book, to share with you all this month, that addresses the excitement and trepidation that might come with just such, especially if it may be your child's first year of school or maybe even if your child had a difficult 2012-2013 school year or is starting this year in a new school. Written for children ages four and up, it has been near and dear to my heart since I taught my kindergartners years ago and was always one of my top picks, for story time, during our first week of school.
The Kissing Hand, written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak, is the story of Chester Raccoon's first day of school and his desire to stay home with his mother. His mother tells him of all the wonderful things he'll get to do and learn at school and shares a family secret that gives Chester the assurance that her love will travel with him wherever he goes, even to school.
The Kissing Hand is just the beginning of an entire series of books, by Audrey Penn, that addresses a number of childhood issues, including, but not limited to, accepting the birth of a new sibling, approaching a bully, and even learning to cope with the loss of a friend. Audrey's hope is " that every parent would use the opportunity these books present to talk
to their child and help them to find an approach that best fits their
Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to read! I hope you find just what you're looking for in little Chester's adventures. Be blessed!