While We Can't Hug

While We Can't Hug

Picture Book - 2020
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"Hedgehog and tortoise are the best of friends. But they're not allowed to hug. Luckily there are lots of other ways to show someone you love them" -- Page [4] cover.
Publisher: [United States] : Faber and Faber Limited, 2020
Branch Call Number: PICTURE BOOK MCL
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Dunbar, Polly - Illustrator
ISBN: 9780571365586


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Mar 23, 2021

Wonderful book that my 3-year-old grandson enjoyed once I was able to convince him to let me read it to him. (There is something about the cover design that he does not find appealing.) It gave him good ideas for expressing his fondness for friends and family members who he either is not allowed to hug right now (during the pandemic) or they happen to be people who not like to be hugged.

IndyPL_ShelbyP Feb 26, 2021

This is a great story time read to teach kids that there are so many ways we can express how much we love one another in a way we feel comfortable.

IndyPL_JosephL Feb 24, 2021

Even though hedgehog and tortoise are such good friends, they've been told that they're not allowed to hug. Luckily for them, there are plenty of ways to show each other how much they care. While clearly a book making reference to Covid, the fact that it doesn't outright acknowledge it makes it something that can still be read long after the pandemic has passed, perfect for those bitter-sweet moments when a friend gets sick or is moving away.

JCLLaurelA Feb 04, 2021

What a sweet book! Hedgehog really wants to give Tortoise a hug to show that they are still best friends, but they can't give hugs right now! A timely book from Eoin McLaughlin to help kids (and maybe some of us grown ups!) remember we can still let our friends and family know we love them, even if we can't be close to them in person right now. The book never states why they can't hug right now, so it can be read for reasons other than COVID-19.

DCLkids Jan 16, 2021

A Storytime Favorites staff pick. A sweet and timely story of how two friends discover what they can do when they can’t be close together. The vivid illustrations show how we can still PLAY in hard times.

ArapahoeElaine Jan 12, 2021

Wonderful, timely and relevant book for our times for children and adults. We can all sympathize with Hedgehog and Turtle through their trials at not being able to give a love squeeze. Great talking points for the pandemic or anytime that a hug is not possible. Perfect in every way!

ArapahoeMaryA Nov 28, 2020

Read this book today! It's tender and timely. Relevant and radiant. Pertinent and perfect.

Nov 19, 2020

In this time of covid, how do we express love if we can't hug or touch? The simple and adorable drawings show us how. I recently threw a kiss to an elderly loved one in lieu of a real kiss, and he surprised me by "catching" it. That's one of the ways included in this book. Sweet and touching.


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ArapahoeMaryA Nov 28, 2020

Hedgehog blew a kiss across the gap between them. Tortoise saw it, and caught it, and kept it... They could not hug. But they both knew that they were loved.


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