Mother's Day is fast approaching, and in honor of this oh-so-fabulous day (sleeping in and coffee in bed, anyone?!), I thought I'd share an oh-so-fabulous book - one of my favorites about a mother's love for her child.
I'll be honest. I'd read Audrey Penn's The Kissing Hand long before I had kids, and it didn't really resonate with me. I'm not sure why- it was an undeniably sweet story, but it just wasn't one of the books that thrilled me during my studies. Fast forward several years, and now I'm a mom. And if there is one thing I've learned about children's literature after becoming a parent, it's that the books I love have changed -- but more on that another day. All of this is to say that since having kids, I have fallen in love with The Kissing Hand and so have my boys.
In this story, Chester Raccoon is anxious to begin school. However, thanks to his Mother's long held secret, the Kissing Hand, Chester becomes less afraid to leave his Mom when he recognizes her love will be with him wherever he goes. As a parent-reader, I found myself in Mrs. Raccon's actions. I was struck by the notion of doing anything in your power- making up any game, trick or story- to instill a sense of confidence in your child and to ensure he knows you are always with him, even when not physically present. As a child reader- well, lets just say that Pickle thinks this book is a gift. We have used our kissing hands so many times- at school drop off, when leaving the boys with a babysitter - and it instills such comfort and reassurance in them. This is a beautiful, gentle story, with a timeless message that will no doubt be incorporated into your daily lives. We hope you love it as much as we do.
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