Willie's best friend Jo-Jo thinks hugging is silly, so Willie stops hugging everybody but he soon misses giving and getting hugs from his family
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Grade 1-3-- Because his best friend teases him about it, Willie decides that he doesn't want to be hugged anymore. He tells his older sister, who hugs everyone including her worn teddy bear, that hugging is silly; and he backs off when his mother, father, or teacher try to hug him. Secretly though, Willie misses the hugs and "how safe and happy he always felt with his daddy's strong arms around him." He tries to hug things--a towel, a tree, even his bike--but he soon realizes that he wants to hug some one , not some thing. The ending is nicely crafted, and Willie even saves face with the friend who teased him. The realistic tempera illustrations are colorful and complement the story line, although the use of almost all bright colors sometimes jars the eye. On the whole, children will welcome this well-written story about a small black boy with a universal theme. --Barbara S. McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, MD
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Book Description HARCOURT SCHOOL PUBLISHERS, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0153143495
Book Description HARCOURT SCHOOL PUBLISHERS, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110153143495