Hug Goes Around


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 ...

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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.

During the course of a busy day, family members continue to share a hug by passing it on to others.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688146818
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Krauss Melmed grew up in New York City, where the library was one of her favorite places. I was always staggering home with giant armloads of books, she says, and I must have read every fairytale book there was. The red one, the blue one, the green one all of them.

Laura's first book, The Rainbabies, with illustrations by Jim LaMarche, was published to critical acclaim in 1992. Her second book, The First Song Ever Sung!, with illustrations by Ed Young was published in 1993. Since then Laura has gone on to write many other favorites, including I Love You as Much!; Little Oh!; This First Thanksgiving Day!; and Capital!, about her hometown of Washington, DC.

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