Title: The Kissing Hand
Author: Audrey Penn
Release Date: June 25th, 2006 (first published in 1993)
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Description from Goodreads:
In this contemporary classic Chester Raccoon seeks love and reassurance from his mother as he ventures out into the world to attend his very first day of school.
Chester is scared to leave his mother and go to school. So she tells him the secret of "The Kissing Hand" that he can keep with him while at school and when he feels lonely or scared while he's away, he can just raise his hand to his cheek and know that Mommy loves him.
Such an adorable little story! I think this is a great idea to keep children from being afraid when they are away from their loved ones. The pictures in the story are so cute and will really be able to touch a child's heart. They show the emotions that Chester and his mother are going through and it kindla breaks your heart when you think that your child is scared and doesn't want to leave you, but that if you do "The Kissing Hand" the way mother does, your child will know that you are missing them and loving them just as they are for you. I really recommend this to parents that are getting ready to go through being away from their children - whether it be first day of school, going away on a trip without you (like to a grandparent's house) or just for a time in the future you know you'll be separted for awhile where it would come in handy for later. Great idea and Story!!