Friday, June 15, 2012

Book #167: How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop, Illustrated by Gwen Millward

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Most animals are easy to hug. You can hug a dog or cat in your own backyard and you might need a ladder, but hugging a giraffe is doable. Elephants like to be hugged around their trunks and baby chicks like sweet, little hugs. But how do you hug a porcupine? Why, very carefully of course!

The gently rhyming text and short sentences make this a wonderful book for a read aloud with toddlers. The bright illustrations, set against a mostly white background, feature a gang of multiracial children who just love to give hugs. The illustrations are large enough for a group storytime, but also include humorous details, such as the little boy putting marshmallows on the porcupine quills.

Pair this book with Jez Alborough’s Hug for a hug themed storytime. It also works nicely for a Valentine’s Day storytime. Read Shel Silverstein’s poem, Hug O’War, from Where the Sidewalk Ends. Try this hug version of Wheels on the Bus, A Great Big Hug (Scroll about halfway down the page.)

Follow up with this quick and easy paper plate porcupine craft. I know that porcupines have brown quills, but I think it would be fun to have a couple of different color options for quills.

If you’re family eats Cheerios you might recognize this book, as it won the 2009 Cheerios New Author Contest.


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