cover image The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs

The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs

Mark Sperring, illus. by Maddie Frost. Little, Brown, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-48434-3

In bright, layered art that calls to mind Eric Carle’s collages, Frost depicts animals of all varieties expressing their affection through embrace. Baby mice and their parents cuddle in a lazy wheat field: “When we cozy up in our sweet comfy nest,/ you’re so squishy-squashy.../ You’re simply the best!” A mother duck urges her ducklings to join her out of the pond: “So come here this instant,/ my duckling, my dear./ Just waddle up to me,/ I need you right here.” At the end, a child appears comfortable and secure sleeping on his mother’s lap; outside the window, readers can see the silhouettes of an owlet and owl on a tree branch, the golden moon hanging low. The buoyant verse and lively artwork offer particularly strong read-aloud appeal. Ages 3–6. (Dec.)