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Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by HarperCollins Childrens
Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository

Publishers Summary:
Little Miss planted a kiss . . .
One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey about life, kindness, and giving.
New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and award-winning illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have teamed together for the first time, creating what may soon prove to be a perennial favorite.

Littlebug Wants to Grow: Can I grow mom? Can I? Can I?

I want to grow kisses! I want to grow a kiss tree and kiss all the peoples! It would be so fun! Really fun to see all the peoples happy and laughing because of all my tree’s kisses. I think that would be super super neat! A kiss tree. That would make me so happy.

My other favoritest part of this book, the bumpy glitter on the page. It’s so pretty! I love it!


Mom’s Two Cents: Little Miss wants nothing more than to share a kiss. To share and show those she knows and those she doesn’t that they’re loved. As she works and works and plants and cares her kisses turn into the most magical gift of all. A gift that keeps giving. To everyone she meets and those she greets her love is felt as she shares the treasure she’s found to one and all.

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds is one of those rare books that was like kismet for me. It was picked up and read on a day when I’d been feeling particularly down, not that I was sad but more contemplative. On a drive to a local function I was attending earlier in the day I had seen a man standing on a corner. This was a man whom I’ve seen a number of times in our local downtown area begging for money and help. He has one of the kindest faces I’ve ever seen and though I’ve never heard him speak a word to know for sure that he is what he seems I have seen him demonstrate great courage in the face of tremendous opposition. The opposition I’m speaking of isn’t only due to the elements he finds shelter in, but the people he comes in contact with. On one occasion I witnessed another man screaming at him because he was homeless. This horrible man continued for quite a long time while the homeless man sat patiently without saying a word until the authorities came to help. Today when I saw him on the side of the road his sign read, “Please help. Dumb and stupid.” When I came home later, still upset from seeing such a thing, I picked up Plant a Kiss and in that moment I wished I was Little Miss. Wished there was something I could do to brighten his day, to help him know he’s not dumb or stupid, to share that there’s something about him that’s better than everyone else because I’m certain there is.

It’s picture books like this, like Plant a Kiss, that bring me to tears and have me feeling joyful at the fact that I’m able to teach my children the values it contains. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds is a story about struggle, hope and love. Little Miss doesn’t instantly have a tree filled with kisses, it’s something that takes time and needs nurturing for it to grow and bloom. As Little Miss, like ourselves, strive to do our best to grow those traits of perseverance, kindness and love we become people that emanate those qualities to those around us. With those qualities we are able to lift others and show love & kindness in the face of opposition. These are truly the lessons I hope to pass to my children and I’m grateful for the beautiful story from Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the gorgeous illustrations Peter H. Reynolds that accompany Little Miss’s journey. Plant a Kiss is a book that will forever be a part of my heart.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 and up. Lessons of kindness, perseverance, hope and love fill the pages of this marvelous story. Read it and then share it with someone you love.

Find Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal at the following spots:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Take a look at the adorable trailer for a sneak peek into this wonderful picture book:

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3 Responses to Book Review: Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

  1. Allison says:

    Sounds LOVELY!!!! <3 Both my daughters love books (although my 2 year old more than my 4 year old at this time) but this definitely sounds like something they would enjoy. Plus the illustrations are just adorable.

  2. Sounds wonderful.
    And I for one adore kisses.

  3. You know us Latinas.
    We kiss everyone for absolutely no reason.
    We kiss for hello, good-bye, happy, sad, you name it.

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