Wally Wants to Hug by Barbara Joosse

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Whew! Young readers will have no trouble finding sympathy for points of view on both sides of the hug. The episode could also serve as a discussion starter about inappropriate displays of affection or general physical contact.
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Hugging’s the way to start the day, but Wally’s friends are scared of his hugs!

Wally is a young boa constrictor who loves hugs. His parents give him hugs to begin and end the day, and he hugs them back just as tightly. However, Wally’s classmates at school don’t seem to love hugs as much as he does and are scared of getting hugs from Wally, since boa constrictors squeeze so hard!

How can Wally show them that his friendly hugs are nothing to be afraid of?
 

About Barbara Joosse

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Barbara Joosse has published over thirty picture books and chapter books for children, including the ever-popular Mama, Do You Love Me?, I Love You the Purplest, and many other books for young readers. She lives with her family in a cozy old stone house in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Learn more about Barbara at barbarajoosse.com. Rebecca Ashdown is a children’s book illustrator from Chichester, England. She worked for a time in London for the BBC as a games illustrator, and then as a web, print, and motion graphics designer and film editor. But a lifelong passion for children’s books led her to start creating them herself in 2013. She now works from her studio in the countryside near Stroud, England, where she lives with her husband and two children. Find out more about Rebecca at rebeccaashdown.me.
 
Published June 6, 2017 by little bee books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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Whew! Young readers will have no trouble finding sympathy for points of view on both sides of the hug. The episode could also serve as a discussion starter about inappropriate displays of affection or general physical contact.

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