Rissy No Kissies
by Howes, Katey; Engle, Jess (ILT)






Rissy is a lovebird hatchling, with one unusual quirk: she doesn't like kisses! One by one, her family and friends learn this the hard way, as they attempt to show affection, tuck her into the nest, or soothe her boo-boos. Each time, Rissy responds with the same emphatic squeak: "No kissies!" The other birds wonder if Rissy is sick or confused or just mean and rude, but when she despairs that she'll never belong, her mother assures her that she is still a true lovebird and that how she chooses to receive or show affection is entirely her choice. It's a purposeful story, but Howes' sing-song, rhyming text, coupled with Engle's charming characters and gentle watercolors, makes it an easy means of conveying big concepts-body autonomy, boundaries, consent-to the littlest readers. Back matter includes a "note to kids," sharing small lessons on establishing boundaries and respecting others', as well as a "note to caregivers," which defines key terms and explains the importance of beginning this kind of education early. A cute conversation-starter. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





Rissy is a lovebird hatchling, with one unusual quirk: she doesn't like kisses! One by one, her family and friends learn this the hard way, as they attempt to show affection, tuck her into the nest, or soothe her boo-boos. Each time, Rissy responds with the same emphatic squeak: "No kissies!" The other birds wonder if Rissy is sick or confused or just mean and rude, but when she despairs that she'll never belong, her mother assures her that she is still a true lovebird and that how she chooses to receive or show affection is entirely her choice. It's a purposeful story, but Howes' sing-song, rhyming text, coupled with Engle's charming characters and gentle watercolors, makes it an easy means of conveying big concepts-body autonomy, boundaries, consent-to the littlest readers. Back matter includes a "note to kids," sharing small lessons on establishing boundaries and respecting others', as well as a "note to caregivers," which defines key terms and explains the importance of beginning this kind of education early. A cute conversation-starter. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





A young bird, warm and lively, can‚??t bear kissing. Rissy is a solid, roundish, colorful lovebird with three siblings, one mother, and one father who are all also lovebirds. They‚??re an affectionate bunch, as are their friends and relatives. Rissy‚??s on board for holding wings, "sky-high hugs," tumbling, and roughhousing, but she can‚??t bear kisses (giving or receiving). She heads them off admirably‚?"" ‚??No kissies!‚?? Rissy chirrup[s] with a most emphatic squeak"‚?"but it‚??s stressful for her. Miss Bluebird accuses her of confusion, Grandma Lovebird of rudeness; schoolmates "think Rissy‚??s being mean." Why? "We know lovebirds all love kisses," they parrot. " ‚??Am I mean, Mom?‚?? Rissy wondered, / ‚??or confused or rude or sick? / Are you certain I‚??m a lovebird? / Are you sure that I‚??m your chick? // Kissies make my tummy icky. / I feel worried, weird, and wrong. // If I can‚??t show love with kissies, / then I‚??ll never quite belong.‚?? " Mom‚??s bolstering of Rissy‚??s boundaries and reassurance that she‚??s a lovebird family member are cheerworthy; now Rissy can explain her preferences more fully, with greater assurance than before, secure in her family and identity. Howes‚?? rhyming verse is both rollicking and steady, which offsets Rissy‚??s vulnerability without undermining it. Engle‚??s wonderfully stocky lovebirds are multicolored, with watercolor hue gradations and expressive beak shapes. This is an artistic gem for consent discussions, sensory-processing contexts, and anyone who champions children‚??s agency and bodily autonomy. Radiant. (note to kids; note to caregivers) (Picture book. 2-8) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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