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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Plant A Kiss, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter H Reynolds. Harper, 2012. $16.99 ages 3 and up

"Planted a kiss?
Planted a kiss.
Wait and wait."

Readers won't be able to keep their hands off the embossed, sunshine-sprinkled cover, or the inside pages of this lovely new book from accomplished and deservedly successful collaborators Rosenthal and Reynolds.

As with most youngsters, this little girl wonders. One of those wonders is about kisses and what might happen if you planted one. So, off she goes to experiment. As with all things worth having,  a lot of patience and hard work seem to be key. Her perseverance pays off when the kiss finally sprouts and she calls her friends together to witness the beauty. She wants to share. Despite her friends'
misgivings, off she goes to spread the joy!

A singular idea, choice spare wording and a sensitive artist...what a concept! It is not one word too long and Peter Reynolds uses the space provided to add visual magic to the little girl's patient belief in her newest project. The palette is soft yellows, pinks and greys, leaving room for the sparkling beauty of the much anticipated result.

I love the rhythmic language, the clean lines, the expressive faces and the willingness to wait for what is important. Who knew there could be such joy in simple gestures? A lasting impression for all who share it.   

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