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 Rissy no kissies
 Author: Howes, Katey

 Publisher:  Carolrhoda (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 25 cm

 BTSB No: 467228 ISBN: 9781541597983
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Stories in rhyme
 Kissing -- Fiction
 Individuality -- Fiction
 Lovebirds -- Fiction

Price: $19.43

"A love bird who doesn't like kisses? Rissy's friends and family wonder if she's sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can she show everyone there's not one right way to share affection?"--

 Illustrator: Engle, Jess

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 520667

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/01/21)
   Booklist (03/15/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/15/2021 Rissy is a lovebird hatchling, with one unusual quirk: she doesn’t like kisses! One by one, her family and friends learn this the hard way, as they attempt to show affection, tuck her into the nest, or soothe her boo-boos. Each time, Rissy responds with the same emphatic squeak: “No kissies!” The other birds wonder if Rissy is sick or confused or just mean and rude, but when she despairs that she’ll never belong, her mother assures her that she is still a true lovebird and that how she chooses to receive or show affection is entirely her choice. It’s a purposeful story, but Howes’ sing-song, rhyming text, coupled with Engle’s charming characters and gentle watercolors, makes it an easy means of conveying big concepts—body autonomy, boundaries, consent—to the littlest readers. Back matter includes a “note to kids,” sharing small lessons on establishing boundaries and respecting others’, as well as a “note to caregivers,” which defines key terms and explains the importance of beginning this kind of education early. A cute conversation-starter. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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