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Emotionally preparing your child for starting school – The Kissing Hand Review

Starting school is a daunting time for parents and children. It can be a big change from what they’re used to, and it can take a while to settle in. It’s therefore important to prepare your child as best you can ahead of them starting, to give them the best possible start. We’ve found a lovely book which we’ve used to help prepare our little one for school – it’s called “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn. So here is our The Kissing Hand review!

The Kissing Hand Review

The books tells the story of Chester raccoon, who is getting ready to start school. Chester is a little daunted by the prospect of starting school, and so his mother teaches him her special secret – the Kissing Hand.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The Kissing Hand gives Chester the warmth of his mothers love, whenever he may need it. By taking the kissing hand with him to school, he will always have his mothers love.

The book is really touching, especially at the end when Chester gives his mother a kissing hand back, so she will always have his love too. The book is perfectly suited to pre-schoolers, and should be fine for any child over 4 years of age to understand.

The words are beautifully set within the illustrations

The Kissing Hand is beautifully illustrated, with lovely full colour pictures of woodland scenes. The book is illustrated by Nancy M. Leak, and the pictures definitely help bring the story to life. It’s a great bedtime read as well – like all our favourite bedtime books, it features an owl!

Cheeky Chester Raccoon

When reading it to your child, it gives a good basis for talking about starting school, any concerns or worries. Talking through how Chester might be feeling really helped our son think through what it will be like starting school. Talking through the process of going to school, being away from parents but feeling confident and settled enough is made easier with The Kissing Hand. We have really found the book to be a great help in preparing our child for starting school.

If you like Chester, there is also a lovely cuddly Chester raccoon toy you can get!

The Kissing Hand is available to buy on Amazon.

5 comments for “Emotionally preparing your child for starting school – The Kissing Hand Review

  1. August 26, 2017 at 10:57 am

    This looks like a perfect book for my class. I have never seen it in all my 20 years of teaching! How weird. Anyway, I will check it out from Amazon. Funny how I posted a post about starting school Too! #thesatsesh

  2. August 26, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Always looking for new books to read. Will look this one up thankyou. #Thesatsesh

  3. August 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    What a lovely premise for the story! I love the idea of having the ‘kissing hand’ with him to remember his Mother’s love. I will look out for this book to buy as I think it would be good for my son. Thanks for linking to #thesatsesh

    • August 27, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      It’s a brilliant book! We read it again tonight!

  4. August 27, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    awww looks lovely!

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