Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper & Nancy M. Leak
If there’s one thing I know, it’s that there are two kinds of picture books that are most often divisive: the message-y books and the sweet and fuzzies. Combine the two and you get The Kissing Hand. There is NO doubt that the book is loved deeply by Kindergarten teachers, but would you call it a picture book classic worthy of keeping on shelves for decades to come? I really didn’t know how Kate would react to this one when I handed it to her. Would she be charmed? Be appalled? As ever, Kate surprises me. She’s good at that.
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- Honestly, if you know why there used to be two illustrators associated with this book and then, later, only illustrator Ruth E. Harper was mentioned on the book’s website, please let us in on the story.
- “Did I leave the gas on?” Twenty points if you get the reference.
- I dunno. I mean, they’re forest creatures, right? All things being equal, if they want to read books with titles like Friends and Woods Babies, who am I to judge, right?
- This would be the querulous opposum. I had to look the word up to see if I used it correctly. Ah . . . yeah . . . suuuuuuure I did . . .
- We do like that there’s some American Sign Language at work here.
- Sucks to be that fawn attending this school. We imagine it’s probably yelling half the time, “I can’t hear what you’re saying!!” Sidenote, do foxes climb trees?
- I’m not wrong. This is a REALLY good illustration of an owl here.
- Yep. On the Top 100 Picture Books Poll it came in at #95.
- Here’s the link to Letters to Chester, which is entirely free and online for you.
- Want to cook up some Kissing Hand cookies of your own? I think this one with Hershey’s Kisses makes a lot of sense.
- Here it is, just in case you didn’t believe me. The one and only I Wish Daddy Didn’t Drink So Much by Judith Vigna.
- And finally, here is the book trailer for Fabulous Monsters by Alberto Manguel:
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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