BOOK: WHILE WE CAN’T HUG
AUTHOR: EOIN MCLAUGHLIN
ILLUSTRATOR: POLLY DUNBAR
PUBLISHER: FABER & FABER
AGE RECOMMENDED: 2+
My feed was filled with hearts and messages about love. It’s good to celebrate the day with your loved ones. But, last year around this time, the world was going through tough times and people were trying so hard to feel loved. More than the adults, the kids were coping and supporting the adults. Nathan was missing his friends terribly and many times I could hear him say, I wish this corona would go away soon.
This story is about two friends, a hedgehog and a tortoise. They really wanted to hug, but they were not allowed to do it. Seeing them sad, the owl said, there are many ways you can express your love. So the hedgehog hog and tortoise waved, made a funny face, wrote letters, gave a flying kiss, and so on. They both understood, that even though they can’t hug and they can’t touch, they both know that they are loved.
A beautiful book that can be read anytime when the kids are missing someone or when we have to follow social distancing again. No matter how the situation changes, a great book to remind us about how loved we are by our loved ones.
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