Willies Not Hugging Kind

Joyce Durham Barrett, Author, Barrett, Author, Pat Cummings, Illustrator HarperCollins $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-020416-7
A boy decides that hugging is silly and babyish, and he lets his family know: whenever they try to hug Willie, he turns away. His family decides that ``Willie's not the hugging kind.'' He soon learns that a world without tender hugs is a cold and lonesome place. Finally, he can't take it and gives his Mama a big, warm hug one morning. Willie's Daddy wisely counsels, ``It's them that don't get hugging who think it's silly.'' In her debut, Barrett has created a warm portrait of a thoughtful black child learning to test his feelings within the caring security of a loving family. Cummings's evocative color and black-and-white drawings add depth to this well-designed transition book for readers moving up to chapter books. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-8335-7558-6
Hardcover - 978-0-673-80624-6
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-06-443264-1
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-06-020417-4
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