Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand. Written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak. New York: Scholastic Inc., c1993.

Reading Level: Lexile 520L

Synopsis: Chester Raccoon is worried about leaving his mom to start school. Mrs. Raccoon gives Chester Raccoon a kiss in the middle of his hand to help him remember her love while he is at school. Chester Raccoon gave his mother The Kissing Hand too and then went off to school.

Rationale for Use in the Classroom: great read aloud for the first day of school, teaches small moment stories

Content Area Connections:

Literacy- small moment stories

Possible Areas of Concern: understanding why Chester Raccoon goes to school at night

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About jdierk

I am a first-grade teacher working on my MEd in Elementary Education with a focus in literacy.

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This entry was posted on November 3, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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