How to Hug

Overview

Hugs can be tricky! But you can learn how to hug. Never hug anyone too tight — ouch! And don’t hug too many people at once — uh-oh! You can be a leg hugger or a bear hugger or a surprise hugger. If you don’t want a hug, it’s okay to say so. But if you learn how to give a hug and do it just right, you might get one back...so be ready! Jana Christy’s digital illustrations provide a charming twist to something everyone loves to do.

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Overview

Hugs can be tricky! But you can learn how to hug. Never hug anyone too tight — ouch! And don’t hug too many people at once — uh-oh! You can be a leg hugger or a bear hugger or a surprise hugger. If you don’t want a hug, it’s okay to say so. But if you learn how to give a hug and do it just right, you might get one back...so be ready! Jana Christy’s digital illustrations provide a charming twist to something everyone loves to do.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This is a somewhat unusual concept book in that it is about social-emotional issues rather than numbers or ABC's. The message is that while hugs can help when you're happy or sad, they can be tricky; understanding this is important for young children who often don't realize that others may have different degrees of comfort or boundaries with expressions of affection. The tone is never preachy and the soft, appealing illustrations soften the points. Thus the advice "To try not to freeze up" is shows a somewhat frozen child being hugged by a penguin. So too, "Some creatures are too shy for hugging, shows an ostrich burying her head in the sand after being approached by an eager child. More than half of the book is a wonderfully warm endorsement of hugging including a repeat of the cover picture showing a soft gray elephant hugging a little girl. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Macdonald asks readers to consider the ins and outs of hugging, including whom to hug (porcupines are too prickly, for instance), how, and when. The author offers good advice, such as, "Never hug anyone who's angry. It can take time to get over it, so just be patient." The book could be used for preschoolers learning to respect the personal space and boundaries of others. Christy's digitally rendered illustrations have a warm and fuzzy quality that enhances and elevates the text. The expressive kids' and animals' faces reinforce the moods and feelings depicted in each statement. Pair this book with Beth Shoshan's Cuddle! (Parragon, 2007) or Joanne Ryder's Won't You Be My Hugaroo? (Harcourt, 2006) for storytime, or to enjoy one-on-one.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458043
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,140,468
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maryann MacDonald lives in New York, New York and is the author of more than 25 children's books.

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