A Pocket Full of Kisses by Audrey Penn
Illustrated by Barbara Leonard Gibson
Publisher:  Tanglewood Press
Published:  June 25th 2006
Hardcover, 32 pages
Reading Level: 3 and Up

Following up her New York Times–bestselling picture book The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn teams up with illustrator Barbara Leonard Gibson to tell the sweet-natured tale of Chester Raccoon, an older brother who wonders if there are enough kisses to go around between him and his sibling. When Chester expresses frustration with little Ronny, Mrs. Raccoon reassures him with kind words and a Kissing Hand. This tides Chester over until he spots Mama giving Ronny a Kissing Hand, too, and the bewildered raccoon wonders if Mama still loves him at all. But with more tender parenting and a special gift for just him, Chester learns that Mama’s love is truly never ending. With Gibson’s lush artwork bringing to life the adorable Raccoon family and their green-and-yellow-hued forest, Penn offers a reassuring ode to a parent’s love that will give any child ample doses of comfort. This read, published by the Child Welfare League of America, is sure to be a welcome addition to before-bed reading or parent-child sharing times.

“When somebody loves you, their kisses are like the sun’s rays – always there and always shining.”

Chester is a new big brother. At first Chester loved being a big brother, until his new baby brother started to play with his toys and getting all the attention. To remind him of her love, Mrs. Raccoon gives Chester a Kissing Hand. Chester is full of love until he sees his baby brother getting a Kissing Hand. Mrs. Raccoon soothes his sadness with a story about everlasting love!

A Pocket Full of Kisses is a perfect book for children who are going to become a big brother/sister. At first Chester doesn’t understand why Mrs. Raccoon has to share her love with his new baby brother, feeling left out. But he soon learns that Mrs. Raccoon’s love will never run out. For children who are expecting a new brother/sister this feeling is not uncommon. Audrey Penn wonderfully explores this giving a heart warming solution that children of all ages can understand and believe.

Barbara Leonard Gibson’s illustrations are absolutely gorgeous with warm tones and amazing detail. Her raccoons are so lifelike you want to cuddle up with them. A Pocket Full of Kisses is a wonderful book for families who are expecting a new addition and for children who may feel a little left out.

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