“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.
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)
- The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Plant a Kiss (*up, up, and away!) (believehopedream.typepad.com)
- 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books (August) (delightfulchildrensbooks.com)
- The Best Picture Books of Summer 2012 (imaginationsoup.net)
- 2012 “Growing Good Kids” Book Awards (chickenspaghetti.typepad.com)