Having an elementary school teacher for a mother, I have always been a sucker for children’s books and already had a large collection of the classics before you born. Last week, my friend Anne gave you one I had never heard of before, a sweet book called The Kissing Hand.
This beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book is about a school bound raccoon who is afraid he will miss mom too much while he is away. Even though she tries to reassure him of all of the fun new things he has to look forward to, he is still very apprehensive. To ease his fears, she shares the family secret of the kissing hand.
This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home. She takes her son’s hand, spreads his tiny fingers into a fan and kisses the middle of his palm: “Chester felt his mother’s kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart.”
Now, whenever he feels lonely, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother’s kiss. Chester is so pleased with his kissing hand that he–in a genuinely touching moment–gives his mom a kissing hand, too, to comfort her when he is away.
What a lovely message! I have already read this book to you several times and even though you don’t yet understand the words yet, you love the pictures.
I will definitely be giving this book as a gift to your friends this holiday season.
The best is yet to be.