Hug Goes Around

Hug Goes Around

by Laura Krauss Melmed
     
 

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A mountain goes up.
A valley goes down.
Where does a hug go?
A hug goes around.

As soon as the rosy sun rises, a hug starts going around a big, loving family The hug starts when Ma lifts the baby, then moves on to Tom, who spills the pancake syrup, then jumps over to Lizzie, who is frightened by a thunderstorm, and on through the day until ...

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A mountain goes up.
A valley goes down.
Where does a hug go?
A hug goes around.

As soon as the rosy sun rises, a hug starts going around a big, loving family The hug starts when Ma lifts the baby, then moves on to Tom, who spills the pancake syrup, then jumps over to Lizzie, who is frightened by a thunderstorm, and on through the day until ...

Teeth are all toothbrushed.
Prayers have been said.
Children are snuggly,
Tacked into bed.

From dawn till dusk, through adventures and mishaps, this family's there for one another-with arms open wide! A joyful, cozy read-aloud story for the whole family to embrace, by best-selling author Laura Krauss Melmed and Caldecoft Honor artist Betsy Lewin, this book is sure to start its own share of hugs going around.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This simple, rhyming picture book depicts the adventures and misadventures of a farm family's day. Syrup is spilled, dishes are cracked, chickens run loose, the dog chases the cat up the oak tree, and an ominous thunderbolt rings out. Not to worry, this loving family always has a hug to go around. In remarkably few words, Laura Krauss Melmed is able to convey a palpable sense of familial affection. Caldecott Honor artist Betsy Lewin's colorful illustrations add a graceful touch to this feel good early reader. 2002, HarperCollins,
— Christopher Moning <%ISBN%>0688146805
School Library Journal
PreS-Following the antics of a lively family of six, the action quickly moves from a pancake breakfast to farmyard chores, a cat in a tree, and a thunderstorm that ruins fishing with Mom, on to bath time, nighttime songs on the porch, and sleep. Using a rhyming text, the phrase "A hug goes around" is repeated periodically: in the morning lifting the baby, when syrup gets spilt, as thunder comes crashing, when all the kids are in bed, and, finally, as Mom and Dad gaze at the full moon. "Moon on the mountain./Quiet abounds./`Isn't peace sweet, dear?'/A hug goes around." While the concept of an embrace enveloping this family through thick and thin is commendable, the pace of the story moves in jumps and starts, lingering on early and late afternoon events while breezing through the bulk of the day. The sense of family is tight and the country setting works well with the theme. The illustrations in pen and ink and watercolor create exuberant, rough-and-tumble characters and flesh out the idyllic, isolated setting. A loose line defines each scene while bright washes of color add depth and dimension. This is a world where bad things are easily fixed, by a hug and the love of family-a nice, warm sentiment.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688146801
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Krauss Melmed is author of Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z and New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z, also illustrated by Frané Lessac; I Love You As Much . . . , illustrated by Henri Sorensen; and the critically acclaimed The Rainbabies, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

Betsy Lewin grew up in Clearfield,Pennsylvania. She always loved to draw and can’t remember ever wanting to be anything but an artist. Her mother (a kindergarten teacher) is responsible for her love of children’s books. She read to Betsy and her brother every night: Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Babar, Uncle Remus, and all the fairy-tale books. The illustrators Ernest Shepard and A. B. Frost were among her earliest heroes. Later on, when she started illustrating for children, Betsy realized how strongly she’d been influenced by the gentle watercolors of Beatrix Potter and the energetic line and humor of James Stevenson and Quentin Blake.

After graduating from Pratt Institute, where she studied illustration, Betsy took a job as an assistant art director at a greeting-card company in New York, which led to freelance work for several other card companies. Then she began to write and illustrate stories for children’s magazines. When an editor at Dodd, Mead & Company asked her to expand one of those stories into a picture book, Betsy says, “I jumped at the chance. I’ve been doing picture books ever since and loving every moment.”

Betsy’s art is usually humorous, drawn in pen with watercolor washes, as in Is It Far to Zanzibar? But she also paints in a naturalistic style, as in Walk a Green Path, in which she expresses her love for the natural world through paintings and poetry. Gorilla Walk is her first collaboration with her husband, Ted, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They’ve just completed their second collaboration, Elephant Quest, set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

When not at work on their books, Ted and Betsy love to travel to exotic places around the world gathering material for new books. At home each of them has a studio in their brownstone house in Brooklyn. Besides the usual clutter of pencils and pens, paint tubes and brushes, drawing paper, and, of course, books, they surround themselves with mementos of their travels: peacock feathers from India, Herero dolls from Botswana, galimoto toys from Namibia and Brazil, brass pots from Egypt, postcards and snapshots.

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