cover image Time for a Hug

Time for a Hug

Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, illus. by David Walker. Sterling, $9.95 (24p) ISBN 978-1-4027-7862-9

A small brown bunny and a big, gray bunny do all sorts of things together throughout the day, but their favorite thing to do is to hug. “Wash our faces, comb our hair,/ choose the clothes we like to wear./ Eat from a bowl, drink from a mug—/ What times is it?/ Time for a hug!” As the bunnies hug, a green clock reads nine, and it’s time for another hug at 10 o’clock, too (the clock reflects the hour’s passing). As the day progresses (with additional clocks marking the time), the bunnies play indoors and outdoors, eventually preparing for bed when the clock reads eight. Walker’s smudgy, cozy paintings convey the bond between child and guardian, while Gershator and Green explore the concept of time and emphasize the comfort of a daily routine. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)