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Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories

Aurdrey Penn (author), Barbara L. Gibson (illustrator)

Publisher: Tanglewood Press ISBN: 9781933718293

Chester Raccoon's good friend Skiddel Squirrel has had an accident and will not be returning - ever. Chester is upset that he won't get to play with his friend anymore. Mrs. Raccoon suggests that Chester and his friends create some memories of Skiddel, so that they will have good memories when they miss him. Chester, his brother Ronny, and their friends decide to gather at the pond, where they combine their memories and create a touching celebration of their friend's life. Many young children must face the loss of loved ones or the need to attend a funeral. This sweet story will help children to understand the positive purpose behind memorial services and how "making memories" can provide cheer and comfort when missing an absent loved one. Audrey Penn is the author of __The Kissing Hand__ and its sequels, along with __Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove__.

Is a Worry Worrying You?

Ferida Wolff and Harriet Savitz (authors), Marie Le Tourneau (illustrator)

Publisher: Tanglewood Press ISBN: 9781933718057

This critically acclaimed title addresses common childhood worries (a bully, a first day at school, and a monster residing under the bed) with the not-so-common worries (an eagle making a nest in your hair, a rhino walking down the street, and a herd of elephants waiting for their tea). This entertaining and humorous use of perspective and creative problem-solving will appeal to children and parents looking for help in dealing with a universal issue.

Sassafras

Audrey Penn (author), Ruth E. Harper (illustrator)

Publisher: Tanglewood Press ISBN: 9781933718033

Poor Sassafras is self conscious of his stinky smell but his friends help him discover that his smell is what makes him special.

Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully

Audrey Penn (author), Barbara Leonard Gibson (illustrator)

Publisher: Tanglewood Press ISBN: 9781933718156

In this latest addition to the <i>Kissing Hand</i> book collection, Chester Raccoon must learn to deal with another common problem of childhood: a bully at school. When Mrs. Raccoon learns that there is a bully problem at school, she decides to investigate the situation. But after seeing the bully for herself, she shares a story about a forest that was full of smooth yellow stones, and how the animals living there changed a pointy stone they found into a smooth stone so that it wouldn't hurt any tender paws. Chester, Ronny, and Cassy follow the spirit of Mrs. Raccoon's story when they next encounter the Bully. Approaching him as a group, they invite him to play, proving that the best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him or her a friend. This book encourages children to understand that many child bullies are themselves unhappy and gives readers a good example of settling differences by peaceful means. Educators will embrace this story about a positive strategy for dealing with a bully.