Young children can often be heard asking, “What time is it?” even before they have a clear concept of telling time. What better way to answer that question with Time for a Hug?
A new picture book by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, with illustrations by David Walker, Time for a Hug introduces the concept of time passing as a mom and child bunny go through their day together, starting at eight o’clock in the morning when the child wakes up, all the way until the clock reads eight again in the evening and it’s time to get ready for bed. During their day together, interspersed among the block building, the reading, and dining, it is time for a hug again and again.
The flow of the day for mom and child will be recognizable to young children, and the warmth and love shown in the pages just as comforting and soothing. My five year old daughter enjoys the simple text of this picture book because she can read much of it independently. I can also see this as just the right kind of book to read to a baby or toddler, for the pictures are bright and engaging, and the words repetitive and predictable. As Valentine’s Day approaches, perhaps Time for a Hug is just the right book to read to your own child, for a hug from a loving parent is always welcome!
Dawn gets hugs from her own kids, as well as her preschool class on a daily basis! When she has a spare moment from being Teacher or Mommy, she can be found blogging away at my thoughts exactly.