Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 238

Dynamic Duo: Book 2

Picture Book: Hug

Author & Illustrator: Jez Alborough

Summary: Bobo is glad to see hugging animal pairs until he realizes that his hug partner, Mommy, is nowhere to be seen. The other animals are empathic towards Bobo’s grief and want to help so an elephant carries little Bobo while they all search for his mother. The crowd of animals intersect a frantic Mommy, and the pair is reunited. All celebrate with more hugs. 

Hanna’s Comments: One collective strength of this picture book is the various animal facial expressions which are fun and humanlike. Another benefit is how well it’s told with only 3 different words (hug, Bobo, and Mommy) which makes it perfect for very young child, a beginning reader, or a group read aloud. Here’s an interesting question to consider with a group: Why don’t the animals hug Bobo until the end? This is the second PBT Dynamic Duo about hugs; both of which highlight the importance of loving affection across mammal species. Be sure to do some hugging after this story is read!

Publisher & Date of Publication: Scholastic, 2000

Age & Grade Appropriateness: Toddler and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Video on Youtube.com

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: affection, anxiety/worry, babies/children, belonging, blessings, bonds/connections, brokenness, comfort, communication, dependence/interdependence, emotions/feelings, encouragement, family, found, golden rule, insecurity, lost, love, reassurance       

Scripture Connections: Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18); as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them (Luke 6:31); let all you do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this story to a group of children in your religious community when talking about the various ways love is communicated and how God accepts all of those ways when the love is real and considerate of what the other needs.