Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Countdown to Kindergarten!

The Kissing Hand
There are only 19 days until my little Kylie starts kindergarten! I must admit that I think that I am more nervous than she is! She is so excited! I'm still wondering where the last five years went! I cannot think of a more perfect book for the both us, than The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn.  This book perfectly captures the love and anxiety shared by both child and mother when it's time to head to kindergarten.  Chester the raccoon does not want to go to school. He wants to stay at home and play.  Mommy tells him all about the wonderful things that happen in school and tries to ease his mind.  She then spreads open his paw and places a kiss right in his palm and tells him that whenever he needs a reminder of how much his mother cares for him, he can just raise his palm to his cheek.  What I love most about this book is when Chester places a kiss in mommy's hand to reassure her while he's gone.  I will definitely need a kissing hand in a few weeks!

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