Audrey Penn's The Kissing Hand Will Reassure Many Small Children Anxious About Leaving Mom and Dad on the First Day of School
The first day of school can be heart wrenching for both child and parent. Especially for a child who is leaving Mom or Dad for the first time, separation can cause a great deal of anxiety. What better way to overcome the challenges of separation than with this endearing story about a little raccoon who is hesitant about leaving his Mom to go to his first day of kindergarten.
When Chester tells his mother on the first day of school that he cannot bear to leave her, she encourages him with a special gift. She kisses the palm of his hand and tells him that if ever he feels lonely, he can put his hand against his cheek and her kiss will be there, showing him he is loved and thought about. He needn't worry that he is alone because her love goes with him wherever he is.
What child has not had moments when he has felt alone and sad to be separated from Mom? And what mother, for that matter, has not had her own moments of not wanting to let go? Chester has a solution for his mother, as well. He plants a kiss on her palm and tells her she, too, can put her palm against her cheek when she feels lonely for him. This is the part that pulled at my heart strings. Moms often cry on the first day of kindergarten, too.