Willie's Not the Hugging Kind

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Willie stops hugging his family because his friend Jojo thinks it's silly, but he soon realizes that he really misses his mom's and dad's hugs. "The colloquial text is accompanied by glistening full-page paintings [of an African-American family]." —K.

Author Biography: Joyce Durham Barrett lives in Griffin, Georgia.

Pat Cummings is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Illustration Award for both Storm in the Night and Just Us...

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Overview

Willie stops hugging his family because his friend Jojo thinks it's silly, but he soon realizes that he really misses his mom's and dad's hugs. "The colloquial text is accompanied by glistening full-page paintings [of an African-American family]." —K.

Author Biography: Joyce Durham Barrett lives in Griffin, Georgia.

Pat Cummings is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Illustration Award for both Storm in the Night and Just Us Women, also a Reading Rainbow Selection, written by Jeannette Caines. Ms. Cummings lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Willie's best friend Jo-Jo thinks hugging is silly, so Willie stops hugging everybody but he soon misses giving and getting hugs from his family.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A boy decides that hugging is silly and babyish, and he lets his family know: whenever they try to hug Willie, he turns away. His family decides that ``Willie's not the hugging kind.'' He soon learns that a world without tender hugs is a cold and lonesome place. Finally, he can't take it and gives his Mama a big, warm hug one morning. Willie's Daddy wisely counsels, ``It's them that don't get hugging who think it's silly.'' In her debut, Barrett has created a warm portrait of a thoughtful black child learning to test his feelings within the caring security of a loving family. Cummings's evocative color and black-and-white drawings add depth to this well-designed transition book for readers moving up to chapter books. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- Because his best friend teases him about it, Willie decides that he doesn't want to be hugged anymore. He tells his older sister, who hugs everyone including her worn teddy bear, that hugging is silly; and he backs off when his mother, father, or teacher try to hug him. Secretly though, Willie misses the hugs and ``how safe and happy he always felt with his daddy's strong arms around him.'' He tries to hug things--a towel, a tree, even his bike--but he soon realizes that he wants to hug some one , not some thing. The ending is nicely crafted, and Willie even saves face with the friend who teased him. The realistic tempera illustrations are colorful and complement the story line, although the use of almost all bright colors sometimes jars the eye. On the whole, children will welcome this well-written story about a small black boy with a universal theme. --Barbara S. McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064432641
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1991
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)

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