As a family wakes up to begin preparing for the arrival of their immigrant relatives, the littlest girl begins to feel left out and nervous. But an encouraging brother and the welcoming arms of her grandma help end the day with a belly full of food, jars full of fireflies, and all in cozy, snuggly slumber.
From the dazzling talents of debut author Katrina Moore and illustrator Julia Woolf comes a fun, cuddly story that reminds readers how one simple hug can go a long, happy way. A perfect read-aloud to share in classrooms or at bedtime!
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.