Picture Book Review: PLANT A KISS

“It goes like this. Little Miss planted a kiss.”

I first heard of Plant a Kiss through one of Julie Falatko‘s reviews on the Brain Burps about Books podcasts (Episode #85). After hearing about the sparkles, (yes, real sparkles,) I immediately ordered the book from my local library.

Little Miss plants a kiss. Once the kiss finally grows into a sparkly mass, Little Miss ignores the peer pressure of her friends telling her to keep the kiss. Instead, she shares the kiss and spreads the happiness to those around her. The text is sparse and rhythmic. It takes no longer than a minute to read the whole book, unless your little one’s gaze lingers over the sparkly kisses.

The messages in Plant a Kiss are much more profound and will last children a lifetime. In the 86 words (yes, I counted,) that this book contains, children will learn about the power of imagination, gardening, patience, independence, and sharing. Plant a Kiss is brilliant.

An activity to complement the book is gardening. Get a small pot for each child, some topsoil, and wildflower seeds. Discuss the need to properly care for the plant. When the wildflowers bloom, the children will be surprised by various types of flowers. A follow-up activity after the plants bloom is letting the children identify the flowers in their pots.

Storytime Katie has a complete storytime plan revolving around hugs and kisses that includes several other books and an X’s and O’s craft.

Themes: Gardening, Patience, Sharing, Peer Pressure

Title: Plant a Kiss
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (December 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061986755
ISBN-13: 978-0061986758

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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

16 thoughts on “Picture Book Review: PLANT A KISS”

  1. I just love Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I just checked online and my library has it on order. It sounds precious. I heard the review on Brain Burps, but was walking and didn’t write it down. Thanks for reminding me 🙂 Glad it’s on the list!

  2. Seems to be the trend in picture books nowadays. It’s got to be sparse and with fantabulous illustrations. This one seems to fit the bill perfectly and with a lovely message to boot. Definitely pinning this one. 🙂 A must-read.

  3. One look at the book and I knew Peter Reynolds had illustrated it. I have not read this one, but certainly will now!. Also love the author Amy. The books has a beautiful message — 87 words — Wow! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love Amy’s books for little ones…thanks for sharing this, definitely look like a winner! I’m hoping to review ‘Chopsticks’ by Amy Krouse Rosenthal sometime soon!

  5. Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds — a winning combination to start with, and what a winning, winsome idea for a book! (If you like sparkles, watch my blog the last full week in April — there will be SPARKLE to spare! and a giveaway — not of this book, but of another book that sparkles!)

  6. Awww. What a great review. 86 words! EGAD! I am trying to get one of mine down to less than a hundred. It is SOOO hard! I’ll add this book to my list. maybe I can also use it as a teaching book. 🙂

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