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How to Hug by [Macdonald, Maryann]
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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: 3803 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (July 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K43NX4
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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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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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I bought "How to Hug" to read to my twin grandchildren when they get a little older. I read over the book and thought it was rather blah.

The illustrations are better than the story, which I thought had some strange ideas about hugs. Never hug anyone when they are angry? Hmmm...what better time does someone need hugging? I did like that one section said it was alright to say no to a hug.

Some of the illustrations were cute but a bit off, too, showing children hugging an opossum and other wild animals. I guess I should have known - the cover has a child hugging an elephant.

Maybe I've been away from children's books too long but this one definitely wasn't a favorite of mine.
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By Barbara on September 28, 2015
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I think everybody in the family loved this book. Even the little kid we bought it for. One of our grandson's is not a "hugger". So his parents says he can just shake hands, and nobody insists. This book is just perfect for little people who do not want to be swallowed even by loving swoops of relatives. This book is full of respect, affection, humor, and really cheerful children and animals.
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By DONA on May 16, 2014
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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. This is a cute little storybook. It can be a quiet pre-sleep aid or it can easily turn into a warm and fuzzy hug and squeeze event. What toddler would not understand this book? It also works for the elementary school child in the family, in the right big chair.
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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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Format: Paperback
“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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