Friday, January 06, 2012

Time for a Hug by Gershator, Green & Walker review and update

Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator & Mim Green
Illustrated by David Walker
Copyright 2012
Sterling Children's Books
(Ages 3-5)
24 pages

Wake up! Wake up!
The day is new.
The clock says eight.
What shall we do?

Wash our faces,
comb our hair,
choose the clothes we like to wear.

Eat from a bowl,
drink from a mug--
What time is it?
Time for a hug!

The little bunny in Time for a Hug is one well-loved little guy. After the intro, above, he gets another hug at 9:00 and then 10:00. He and his mother bake a pie, make sock puppets, build with blocks, read and snuggle, then hug some more.

Time for a Hug is a lovely, upbeat book for preschoolers with cheerful illustrations. As a small child, many of my favorite books had catchy rhymes and happy themes; and, they were always the first I'd reach for to read to my own small children, particularly when I was tired. A happy book with a nice rhythm is always a pleasure to read. Time for a Hug is one of those books I can imagine a small child adoring and it's certainly a great book to snuggle up and read (plus, a good excuse for lots of hugging).

Highly recommended for parents and grandparents of small children. Many thanks to Sterling Books for the review copy. I usually try to pass on children's books to a new home after reviewing them but am sorely tempted to keep this one.

In other news:

I haven't said much, this week, because it's my last week with Kiddo around the house and he made it a busier week when he was involved in a fender-bender (hit from behind -- all involved were uninjured). Other than the accident, the start of the year has been a good one. I've finished two books:

  • The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy by Marsha Altman - The fourth installment in my all-time favorite Pride & Prejudice spin-off series, and
  • Hal Spacejock by Simon Haynes - A crazy, slap-stick sci-fi by a Nano buddy of mine, which is currently free for Kindle download (I'll be buying the next in the series).

Time for a Hug will be counted as my third, short as it is, and I'm on the verge of finishing Little Princes by Conor Grennan - the memoir of a man who made it his mission to rescue trafficked children in Nepal and reunite them with their parents. So far, I've loved everything I've read in 2012.

I'm slowly but surely working on my reading, writing and blogging goals for 2012 but I'm not sure they're worth posting about. However, among them is a goal to clean up the look of my blog and I'm working on moving my blogroll to a separate page for starters. Recreating links is turning out to be a bigger chore than I'd anticipated, so it may take me a while.

I've also decided to rewrite my review policy. My first attempt was more like a novella than a review policy, so I took down the link and will attempt to create something very brief.

No new books have entered my house, this week. I did receive a few over the Christmas holiday. I've already read one and am about to finish another, which leaves three:

  • Vurt by Jeff Noon from Paperback Swap - I have no idea where I read about this book but it sounded unique and was readily available, so I ordered a copy.
  • A Light on the Veranda by Ciji Ware - from Sourcebooks, for review
  • The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel - from Unbridled Books, for review
Fiona Friday post is coming up, next. I decided to remove the cat photo from this entry and make it a separate post. Sorry, Christmas apparently ate my brain. I forgot Friday and cats go together!

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  1. I'm glad the year is off to a good start, aside from the fender bender. I'm glad all were uninjured, for sure!

    This book looks simply adorable, and it's one I'll seek out for Greyson's library. :)

  2. Andiloo,

    Thanks! I can tolerate a bent fender (although, obviously, we'll want that fixed . . . ). As long as Kiddo's okay, that's all I care.

    Time for a Hug is a sweet, sweet book. Greyson definitely needs a copy. Any excuse to hug your little one is a good one! :)

  3. Vurt is one of my very favorite books, and I am delighted that you will be reading it at some point! Nobody I know has ever read it! It's cyber punk with some really strange elements, and it tells a very cool story about alternate realities and these cool devices that take you to other places. Very neat book though it's been a while since I read it. I can't wait to hear what you think about it!

    I also love Time for a Hug, and think that we all need more hugs in our lives!

  4. Zibilee,

    I just finally realized where I heard about Vurt. Someone had left a comment beneath a review about a different book, saying Vurt is much better. So, I read up on it and it sounded so unique that I decided I really wanted to read it. Hope I can get to it soon. Thanks for the glowing recommendation. It's nice know someone I know and trust enjoyed it!

    I so agree with you that we all need more hugs!!! That's one reason I love Time for a Hug. Excuses to hug are a very fine thing!

  5. One of my favorite books to read to Elle is Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. I have my own little beat that I read it to and usually have to tap/slap Elle's hand on the page with the beat to keep her attention. Ha! So, we don't read it before bedtime. ;)

    Will be on the lookout for this one. Sounds very sweet. And it's always time for a hug, huh?

    Been hearing so much about Little Princes. Listening to What is the What right now so not sure I can listen to the two back to back but might put it on the back burner.

  6. Trish,

    We have a bunch of little Sandra Boynton board books buried around here, somewhere. They are all wonderful. You have good taste in baby books! :)

    Yes, always time for a hug! Now, after saying I want to keep the book a friend of mine who teaches preschool to children at the lower end of development (including some who are profoundly disasbled) said she will have to keep her eye out for a copy and I ended up offering it to her. It'll be a while till I have grandchildren, after all.

    Little Princes is very inspiring. I highly recommend it. Definitely put it on your back burner (and move it to the front, asap).


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