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The Kissing Hand

By Oceanhouse Media

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Join Chester Racoon in this interactive book app as his mother shares a family secret called The Kissing Hand to help ease his fears about going to school. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. A New York Times #1 bestseller, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic, touching the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation.

Explore the Story:
- ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
- LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
- RECORD your own narration & share it with others
- SELECT a scene with easy-to-use navigation
- KEEP kids in the story with parental controls 

Designed for children ages 3-8


The Reviews Are In:
- "4 stars out of 4. Download this one. It is special" - USA Today
- "An essential book app...for any digital library" - Digital Storytime
- "A must-read for all families" - KinderTown


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Official Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company licensed app.

What's New in Version 2.6.1

Bug fixes and improvements

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Customer Reviews

Lovely Book - Perfect for Mother's Day

The Kissing Hand is one of the most lovely tributes to the relationship between a mother and child. In the book, Chester the raccoon is ready to go off to school but is hesitant...he does not want to leave his mother or his comfy daily routine. His mom gives him a gift - a kiss on the hand, that is registered not only on his hand, but is also tucked away in his heart. He gives his mother a kiss also to bring up and savor when she misses him. It is that kiss where all parents can relate and feel many many years after that make this book so special. Highly recommended.

Earlier Review

I saw a review on the App Store page saying they had problems using the Read to Me version - with the cursor doing random motions and highlighting the text. Since I have had nothing like this happen I wanted to mention this. There is the option to see additional app books at story end to view other books, but whatever! Maybe this person downloaded a free promotional version at some point? FYI I do not have any ties with Oceanhouse Media. Just don't like false data being disseminated.

Buyer beware

Full of ads for other products. In read it to myself mode, it starts randomly talking, making the cursor move and highlighting type. I want to read the story to my child, and this random stuff is disruptive. Ads on a paid product amount to deception.

The Kissing Hand
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.6.1
  • Size: 35.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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