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Hug by Jez Alborough

by on Aug 10th, 2010

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Just seeing the front cover already caught my attention! It’s  a really cute story about a baby monkey who just really wants a hug!

Who would’ve thought that a book containing only ONE word would be so much fun? Children of all ages can relate to it… from the tiny toddlers to the grown up kindergartners.The book is simply about a little monkey taking a walk around the jungle. He sees different animal cubs and their mommies all hugging. The little monkey eventually grows sad because he wants a hug too, and yet he can’t find his mommy. HUG! Don’t worry though, this book has a happy ending. The little monkey of course finds his mommy and finally gets that hug.


The story can be followed up with a lesson on the different jungle animals or the names of mommy and baby animals depending on the children’s age. If it were for my students, then maybe simply naming the animals or giving their sounds would already be a good follow up activity. Moreover, teachers can ask their students to hug their classmates or even a stuffed toy in the room.

“Can I have a hug too?”


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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