Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Fans of The Kissing Hand (as my 5 year old is) will not be disappointed in this touching sequel, another chapter in the young life of Chester Raccoon.

Chester and his family are moving. They must leave their home because their tree has been marked to be cut down. Mrs. Raccoon has already found them a nice new home, but Chester does not want to leave. After some motherly coaxing and encouragement Chester says goodbye to his home and moves to the new tree. Mrs. Raccoon allows him to say goodbye to his old home and tells him he can always remember it in his heart. By the end of the story it looks like Chester has found a friend and will quite happy in his new home.

Positives: A well told story that helps children see and understand that change will always come in life and that we can embrace these changes and enjoy new things. It also allows children to know that it's ok to be sad about change, but that they will always have their memories. The illustrations are bright and beautiful.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: If you are planning a move in the near future this would be an excellent book to read with your young children. As your child expresses their anxieties (as Chester did) you can direct the conversation to God and talk about how He will always be with you no matter where you go and that He is the greatest friend we could ever have. In all our lives, change is inevitable, talk about how God has our days planned from the beginning and that these changes are from Him. Help your child shape their attitude toward change at an early age. These Scriptures may be helpful Matt. 6:25-34, Ps. 139, Ps. 73)

Age Level: 3-6 year olds

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