14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
amazing, 7 Nov. 2009
Since the arrival of our new baby, my three year old daughter has started to become really upset on the days she has to go to pre school, to the point where she is crying hysterically every time I leave her at the classroom door. I can understand her anxiety and confusion as I appreciate the fact that she wants to be at home too, however I try and fail every day to explain that she must go and that she will have a nice time (as her teachers try to convince me that she does). Then I read the reviews for this book and thought, surely one book can't do all that - but really it does. From the moment the book arrived my daughter opened the packaging and wanted me to read it straight away, which wasn't my intention, I thought I would leave it for a quiet moment when the baby was asleep etc. But no, in the midst of our daily chaos we sat down and read the book. I kissed her hand as the racoons did and then when the story was finished my daughter got up without saying much and went to play. At this point I was unsure whether or not she had taken the message on board and I thought that the nocturnal habits of the racoons may have been confusing. Then to my amazement a few minutes later my daughter went to get some paper and her crayons and told me that she was making a card. I said "that's nice, who is it for?" She replied "it's for you mummy to say thank you for my kissing hand" (I have never had a thank you card from my daughter for anything, even the most expensive toys are somewhat taken for granted) which confirmed to me that not only did she like the story but that she completely understood the message and enjoyed sharing something so simple and yet so special. The kissing hand is now part of our daily routine, which has become much easier. I would recommed this book to anyone who is experiencing a similar problem and only wish that I had found it earlier. It would have saved both my daughter and I hours of heartache. I knew that my daughter was craving my attention but I didn't know what to do, however I think that this is the perfect solution. Thanks to the author and to the people who have reviewed it previously.