Penn Tackles Separation, Maturity

April 29, 2022

Rowan Wallin

If you are a true literature connoisseur, which I am, you likely have heard of “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn. This book tackles real-life contemporary issues regarding separation. When I was younger, my mother would read this book to me in my bed every night before the first day of school.  The protagonist, Chester Raccoon, was sad because he had to go to school; I identified with Chester in this way. To ease Chester’s pain, his mother kissed his hand so that Chester could look at his hand to remember her love. I have vivid memories of my reliance on the comfort that this book brought me while I was away on the first day of school. Although I cannot disclose the last time my mother had to read this book to me (due to reputational reasons), I can admit that if it hadn’t been for this book, I likely would not have acquired the education that I now hold. 

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