|Kiss means I love you|
Author: Allen, Kathryn Madeline
Explores the meanings of different actions, expressions, words, and sounds, from a kiss and a clap to a wave and a yawn.
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School Library Journal (00/08/12)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/12)
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2012 PreS—Allen and Futran have created a book with a purpose that is also fun to read. Bright, close-up photos pair well with the text to illustrate different facial expressions and body language. The basics are covered: "A laugh means it's funny, a cry means I'm sad." A few less-common examples are also included. "A shiver means I'm chilly/(please warm me up quick). A sniffle,/a sneeze,/and a cough/mean I'm sick." Each expression or gesture is easy to see in the large, uncluttered photos of very young children. The rhythm of the text is bouncy and easy to read aloud. This title will work well in a program or one-on-one.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 11/01/2012 In rhyming photo-illustrated text, this book introduces young children to the meanings behind various types of body language: “A kiss means I love you, a wave means hello,/ a smile means I’m happy, a tug means let’s go!” Many different actions are considered here, from cheering to “shushing” to clapping (cynics may quibble that “a reach” doesn’t always mean “let’s share”), and the book ends with a yawning segue into bedtime, in which a kiss once again is featured: “A kiss means I love you. I love you . . . good night.” The smooth, simple text, solidly kid-centric concepts, and clear, inviting photos make this incredibly useful to parents, teachers, and librarians. Although a few of Futran’s photographs could have used better lighting, the thoughtfully composed images, full-bleed extreme close-up shots of an attractive multicultural cast of youngsters, effectively convey the textual concepts. This would be perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love the photographic books of Margaret Miller but who are ready for a bit more textual meat, it would also be a great choice for families or groups with both babies and somewhat older kids: the littlest ones will love looking at all the faces, while the older ones can imitate and expand upon the body language concepts. JH - Copyright 2012 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.