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Summary: A kitten likes to get cuddles (hugs) from his different friends. Each friend gives a different kind of hug. When the book starts, Kitty asks the reader who we think will give him his favorite hug. In the end it is from his new baby brother. This is a picture book that talks about hugs.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter picked this and we read it several times. She liked how the cat got to hug a lot of different animals. The book describes how different animals feel. She kept asking me to describe something else that would feel that way. She wanted to understand what each animal felt like.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked that hugging was the main story line. You always hear about hateful things people do, so it was nice to read a book and show my daughter that being kind is a good thing.
Pros: This picture book reinforces kindness for preschoolers. Kids love books with animal characters, and this is a great one.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a good book, but it will lose its charm over time. Libraries are sure to have this book because it shows kindness towards others.
Educational Themes: Everyone is made different, whether we have different color skin or are different sizes. You learn about the texture of different animals. You see that hugging is a normal way to express caring for someone, and that it is fun to share a hug.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008
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