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How to Hug [Kindle Edition]

Maryann Macdonald , Jana Christy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 be ready! Jana Christy’s digital illustrations provide a charming twist to something everyone loves to do.

Editorial Reviews


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. --School Library Journal, April, 2011

About the Author

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

Jana Christy Mitchell lives in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3806 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (July 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K43NX4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful look at the art of the hug March 29, 2011
Who knew hugs could be so tricky? Well, I guess I did know that... The author and illustrator have combined to put together a whimsical, light hearted look at some rules for hugging. There are important things to remember, such as that some creatures are too shy for hugging, and "Never hug anyone who's angry. It can take time to get over it, so just be patient". We learn that if you don't want a hug, it's okay to say no, and that babies were born to be hugged. We also learn that while dogs like hugs, most cats don't and that most importantly hugs can show how you feel.

What a charming book about emotions. The illustrations are cute and fun and keep the message from ever getting heavy handed. This is a great read aloud for toddlers and young preschoolers and will also be great for any child curious about the protocol for hugging, or one who might need a refresher course :). Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugging April 7, 2011
We have a rule in our family that we can't go to bed angry. And after reading Maryann Macdonald's "How To Hug" I will now add that not only should we not go to bed angry, but we should give each other a little hug. Hugging is one of those things that just makes you feel good. It can be the most comforting thing in the world. I know a psychologist that uses hugging as a way to break the ice in her marital analysis practice. But like everything else in our complicated world, there are rules to hugging. "How to Hug" a a delicious reminder that everyone and every thing at some time needs a hug. The book is a wonderful little gem and the illustrations will make you smile!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The kids like it. I think it's just okay. March 28, 2013
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The story is cute. The pictures are fine. But the way the story is told is just boring. My six-year-old daughter giggled at the end, said it was funny, but then added, "It was a little weird, though. Maybe this is the author's first book. It was missing something, Mommy." I think that was a pretty astute observation for a child her age, because I felt the exact same way. Her three-year-old brother didn't seem very into it either. Maybe younger preschoolers would like it better?

I do think, though, this could be helpful with people with autism or people from a culture where hugging is not common, as it explains when and how to hug. It's sweet... just not as engaging as we'd hoped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
“How to Hug” a children book written by Maryann MacDonald and imaginatively illustrated by Jana Christy brings a story that tells about the hugs, the right way to show someone that we care.

The author gives many advices on different types of hugs, about when, how and who you should hug because there are various hugging types for different people and beings around us. Hugs are part of some cultures - in some parts of the world it is quite normal to hug someone who is not so close to us, while in other parts hugging is a way to show the deepest feelings only for loved ones.

In this sense, “How to Hug” deals with this subject in a lovable and funny way, although at some points it is not clear whether the author is joking when saying that we should not hug someone who is angry or author means it seriously as we hope it’s not true.
Though the text is sometimes questionable, all of that is compensated with entertaining and imaginative Jana Christy’s digital illustrations which show different situations of friendships between children and animals while hugging each other - carrying a great message of mutual love and friendship with animals.

Overall, Maryann MacDonald and Jana Christy made a nicely illustrated book that for the most part brings very entertaining text teaching children social interaction by promoting the ideas of friendship, intimacy and love. And these are the reasons why this picture book should be recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great idea March 11, 2013
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This book has a little girl or boy (perhaps age 4 or 5) hugging a different animal with an admonition related to each. For example, while hugging a penguin, "...try not to freeze up..." and while appearing to climb into the antlers of a moose, "...don't get stuck..."

The illustrations are soft and colorful, though the animal depictions are more fanciful than accurate. With the possible exception of a dog or cat, most children will not actually have the opportunity to make physical contact with the wide variety of wild animals (for example hugging the ankles of a giraffe) found here.

There are amusing descriptors like "sandwich hugs" showing two children with a koala in between, and a boy with outstretched arms and wide eyes saying, "too prickly" to an oncoming porcupine.

Although I am not an author, I do have an opinion from reading many, many books over the years to my children, about how this could have been written differently. The focus, I think, was to try to open up the topic of how children can hug people they want to, i.e. people they know. In my opinion a better book could show the different kinds of hugs a child might be offered or want to give and how to manage it, perhaps with a part about reading signals so that both parties find it enjoyable. Such a book would include information which would empower the child, which is I think the whole point that this author was trying to get at. Not forcing children to hug, but rather enjoying the ones they choose to give.

I give it 4 starts for broaching the topic, and engaging illustrations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and have been educated on what is a good or bad hug
My granddaughters don't always want to get hugs, and have been educated on what is a good or bad hug. I wanted to reinforce those feelings by letting them read it in a book
Published 2 months ago by Norma J. Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Very affectionate
My niece loves this ebook. Please continue to create stories like this.
Published 3 months ago by Nikolay Estrada
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy hugging
Positive, upbeat, happy and fu
n to read. A lovely book for all ages young and old alike. Share it with someone you love. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sylvia K. Ashton-Holste
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very sweet!
Published 5 months ago by np
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cute book
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique & sweet!
I love how it explains that some people don't like to be hugged, and if you don't, speak up! I love how it is funny, sweet, and informative.
Published 7 months ago by Xavions Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET!
What a cozy pre-bedtime story time we spent reading How to Hug together. Of course with one grandchild on each side of me I was the one being hugged the most. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DONA
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
my daughter and I both enjoyed this cute book, and is admittedly an over hugger...which is exactly why I borrowed it.
Published 16 months ago by Sarah Brady
3.0 out of 5 stars On smart phone not scalable hardly readable too small
Only transmitted to my android. Way too small to be readable and it was not scalable so I could not see pictures. What I could read looked really nice.
Published 22 months ago by Maggie Orfitelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
My 4 yr old and my 2 yr old absolutely love opening this on my Kindle app! Easy to understand and shows how to show love through a hug.
Published 23 months ago by SanJuana Dorado
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