REVIEW: IT’S NATIONAL KISSING DAY!
It may be National Kissing Day, but that doesn’t mean you HAVE to kiss someone. And a little lovebird named Rissy is just the bird to show us in:
This rhyming story about a lovebird who doesn’t like kisses is as darling as little Rissy herself! After friends and relatives attempt to give Rissy kissies, only to be rejected, they think she’s confused, rude or ill. As a result, poor Rissy begins to wonder if she’s a lovebird at all. Katey Howes’ text conveys important themes to the youngest of audiences. Readers will cheer for Rissy as she defends her right to receive affection when and in the ways in which she is comfortable (including holding wings and feather fives—so cute!). The book also includes an author’s note to children about consent and respecting others choices, as well as a note to caregivers about consent, bodily autonomy, boundaries, and sensory processing. Jess Engle’s cheerful watercolor illustrations in shades of bright yellows, oranges, reds, and greens are the perfect match for Katey’s gentle, rollicking rhyme. I love this adorable book about a lovebird who shows us there are all kinds of ways to show love!
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.