Time for bed! Starting with a big bear hug, a child receives different animal hugs as bedtime approaches.
Through rhyming text and repetition, this story shows how encompassing and everlasting a parent’s love can be.
Beautiful illustrations of familiar animals add another layer to this lovely story.
This story promotes the creative component of flexible thinking.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its many layers. Each step of this bedtime ritual correlates with an animal hug. I love the rhythm and rhyme of this text and the beautiful illustrations. Readers will feel the love that this mother has for her child.
TITLE: I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!
AUTHOR: Caroline B. Cooney
ILLUSTRATOR: Tim Warnes
PUBLISHER: Zonderkidz, 2016
AGE GROUP: 3-6
TOPIC(S): bedtime, parent/child relationship, love
CREATIVE COMPONENT: flexible thinking
1) What other animals would you like to receive bedtime hugs from?
2) Pretend you are a pet such as a dog or cat. How might you describe a hug from your owner?
3) Make a list of ways that you show you care about someone. Pick one of those ways and show someone you care today.
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