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Kids Fiction 239
beautiful picture book about familial love
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
ONE HUG is a lovely picture book celebrating familial love. The rhyming text talks about the many types of hugs, including gentle hugs, ones that sweep you off your feet, and ones that turn frowns to smiles. The underlying story of the book is about relatives arriving from far away (immigrating according to the description) after many years, and the family happily reuniting.

What I loved: The illustrations here are really lovely and covey so much. It was great to see people of color (Chinese Americans) depicted in the book. There is a lot of love throughout with family connecting and enjoying each other's company. This book includes not only the immediate family unit, but also the extended family with plenty of cousins to play with and grandmother to help teach how to make dumplings.

The rhyming text is fun to read and listen to, and will definitely appeal to young readers. The font is large and clear, making it easy to read. There are relatively few words on each page, making the book move quickly and keep young children engaged. There are also lots of details in the images that add some extra fun, like the family dog that plays alongside the children, an airplane out the window, and catching fireflies gently.

Final verdict: ONE HUG is a lovely celebration of familial love. The rhyming text, beautiful and detailed illustrations, and messages of love will make this a win for children and their parents alike.
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