A dear friend of mine gave my sweet babe an adorable book by Audrey Penn, The Kissing Hand. The New York Times #1 Best Seller quickly showed me how it earned the prestigious title.

To learn why his book is such a treat,


Chester the raccoon is sent off to school for the very first time. Like many children, he is scared to leave his mother. She eases his nerves by teaching him the "Kissing Hand." She smooches the palm of his hand and says:

Now, whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, "Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you." And that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts.

Just before Chester heads into school for the first time, the lil guy leans over and smacked his mum's paw. He then tells her, "Now you have the Kissing Hand, too."

I assume my baby girl loves this beautiful story because she enjoys giving and receiving kisses. And there is nothing that pleases me more than watching her smack my palm and smile up at me.

Perfect for Valentine's Day, this treasure comes with heart stickers to place in your lil one's tiny hands to remind them of their own "Kissing Hand." It is also great for children who are anxious about attending a new school.