We know how WE kiss, but how do animals kiss? From whales to giraffes to tree frogs, here is a fun way to get little ones thinking about how animals bond.
Heather Swain is the author of the teen novels Hungry and Gifted, as well as two craft books for kids. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at heatheraswain.com Steven Henry (ne D'Amico) is the illustrator of It's Raining Bats and Frogs by Rebecca Colby, as well as the Ella the Elegant Elephant series. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit him at stevenhenry.net
"Swain invites readers to contemplate the types of kisses 11 animals might bestow on each other, based on their distinctive mouths, beaks, tongues, and jaws. A grasshopper's mouth, for instance, is 'like scissors for chopping up leaves.... How would a grasshopper kiss?' ... What is consistent is the tenderness between the adult animals and their offspring, as captured in Henry's (It's Raining Bats and Cats) rough-edged, mid-20th-century-retro portraits. A closing spread offers additional details about the sun bears, porpoises, chubsuckers, and other features creatures." --Publishers Weekly