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All Kinds of Kisses
All Kinds of Kisses
by Nancy Tafuri

A Caldecott Honoree delivers a heartfelt homage to wonderful kisses of all kinds, as beautiful illustrations follow a mama bird's journey across the farm, on her way to give her own baby some special affection.

Age: 2 Year-olds | Title: All Kinds of Kisses  |  Author: Nancy Tafuri  |  Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A Caldecott Honoree delivers a heartfelt homage to wonderful kisses of all kinds, as beautiful illustrations follow a mama bird's journey across the farm, on her way to give her own baby some special affection.

Little ones love kisses, begins the book. So snuggle up to your little one for this great cuddle-time story! All Kinds of Kisses is filled with bright watercolor pictures that span across both pages. Each page has a single sentence in large print, and the pictures and reader involvement is what really leads the story along.

Your child will not only learn to identify different animals, but also animal sounds. Have fun with the noises on each page that accompany the different animals as they kiss their little ones. You can cock-a-doodle-doo to the cheeping chick, moooo to the calf, maaaa to the kid (baby goat), coo to the little dove, oink at the piglet, and learn to kiss many other animals.

I read this story to my friend Ben, and with every turn of the page he would place his hands on the book and feel the pictures. Ben is a huge animal fan, so he enjoyed having me read the book through twice in a row, while we worked on naming all the different animals and learning their unique noises.
 
--Audra

Nancy Tafuri began drawing at a very young age. She recalls that her mother "thought [she] would make a great interior decorator." But Tafuri had other ideas: "The more I thought about it the more I realized that I didn't want to fix up other people's houses. I had no idea that you could grow up to be a children's book illustrator."

Nancy's first big break as an illustrator for children's books came when she was given the opportunity to work on George Shannon's The Piney Woods Peddler in 1980. She modeled her illustrations on her husband and the old Pennsylvania gristmill they were living in at the time, and the book was published in 1981. The Piney Woods Peddler proceeded to win a Children's Choice citation from the International Reading Association and Tafuri's output has been prolific ever since.

Nancy says that when she was little she loved animals and wanted to draw them. As an illustrator, she always works very hard on "getting all the facts correct in my illustrations. Each animal or rock formation has to be correct. Even though my books aren't nonfiction, the feeling of accuracy has to be there."

Nancy has received several citations and awards for her work, including the Caldecott Honor Award for Have You Seen My Duckling? She lives in the country with her husband and daughter.

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