Catch a Kiss
by Deborah Diesen
Izzie just loves when her mama blows her kisses to catch. Smooch kisses, zig-zag kisses, and even triple decker kisses! But even though she runs and leaps for it, Izzie misses a kiss! Her heart sinks as she watches it zip higher and higher into the sky. When Mama lets Izzie in on a sweet secret she realizes that her mama's love will always come to find her, no matter what! This silly and tender story is a universal one of a parent's love.
- Dewey: [E]
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585369614): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2016, 04/01/2016
- PDF (9781634709231): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2016, 04/01/2016
- Hosted ebook (9781634709255): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2016, 04/01/2016
- Subject: Language Arts
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 7
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
- Lexile® Measure: 470
- Guided Reading Level: K
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending
- JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play (JUV051000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents (JUV013060)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes) (JUV013000)
School Library Journal - Catch a Kiss
Reviewed on 1 September 2016
This sweet story is a perfect companion to Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand. Mama and Izzie are relaxing on a blanket when they begin a game of blowing kisses to each other. The kisses come in all shapes: round, zigzag, triple-decker, and shiny. At one point Izzie misses a kiss and tries in vain to chase it. Her mother comforts her with the reassuring message that Mama-kisses will always find their way to her. The illustrations are as gentle and soothing as the tale itself, though depictions of the kisses themselves are noticeably absent. This could be a distraction, or it could be an opportunity for a postreading art activity. VERDICT A warm and reassuring book for lapsits and one-on-one sharing.
Kirkus Reviews - Catch a Kiss
Reviewed on 1 April 2016
Mama and Izzie play at blowing kisses in the garden. Mama’s first kiss, a “tiny, round” one, alights on the tip of Izzie’s nose. Izzie catches the second, a “zigzag” one, in the crook of her elbow. But when Mama sends a triple-decker, Izzie’s able to catch only the first two, distressing the little girl. She jumps and flaps to no avail. Mama holds her daughter close to comfort her; she points “to a tiny sparkle high in the sky” that drifts down “in a shimmery glitter.” It’s just as Mama says: “Mama-kisses ALWAYS come find you.” As stories go, this is a slight but sweet one, a candy-floss variation on zillions of others. But McLeod’s delicate, fine-lined watercolors elevate it in depicting its loving mother-daughter pair with medium-brown skin, brown eyes, and ebullient brown curls (Izzie’s a little bit more unruly than her mama’s). Though nothing in the text points to specific ethnicity, in a sea of mother-love books featuring either white characters or cute, fuzzy animals, this twosome is a downright refreshing discovery. Broad-leaved plants and waving tendrils give their garden almost an underwater look; Izzie’s shift appears to be made of the same pink fabric as her mother’s blouse. McLeod never depicts the errant kiss, leaving both Izzie and readers to imagine it as they will. A sweet mother-daughter idyll that provides a mirror for any number of brown-skinned readers. (Picture book. 3-6)
Author: Deborah Diesen
Deborah Diesen has written many children’s picture books, including the New York Times-bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish. She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms. She has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian. She and her family live in Michigan.
Illustrator: Kris Aro McLeod
Kris Aro McLeod is an elementary school art teacher, freelance author and illustrator, amateur chef, mountain hiker, and enthusiastic bookworm. She lives in Davis, California.
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