Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley/ Children's Books
Synopsis: "There are children who enjoy a solid bear hug, and there are those who don’t—and that’s okay. Friendliness, love, and affection can be shown in many different ways! In this sweet book, young children share the different ways they feel comfortable being greeted by new or friendly acquaintances.
Author Judi Moreillon’s simple, powerful words describe the many ways a person can show a child they care, highlighting the importance of empathy and consent. Estelle Corke's charming illustrations show multiple ways of delivering a friendly greeting. Please Don’t Give Me a Hug! has an encouraging emphasis on social-emotional development that helps to instill confidence in children encountering unfamiliar or scary social situations. This book is helpful for children on the autism spectrum or with touch sensitivity."
My Review: I was definitely curious about this book when I saw it and wanted to check it out, I was one of those parents who never forced her son to give some one a hug if he didn't want to give one. This took not only the idea of not forcing and allowing young kids the option to consent to a hug or not but also highlighted that some kids aren't comfortable with contact for other reasons. It gave some other great ways that adults and friends can show love to a child who prefers not to hug and ways the child will show love back. I loved how it shows that a high five, a fist bump or even a smile and a wave can convey love just as much, if not more, than a hug for someone who doesn't enjoy them or doesn't want one at that time.
My Rating: I really loved the concept behind this book, we really need to make it common place for the child to choose how they want to interact with others. I also loved that it gives other options for those who may be unsure in a situation where a kid doesn't want a hug or can't handle the sensation of a hug. I give it a rating of Four Paws and recommend it for all ages!
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley, the above is my honest review and opinion.
You can find out more books by Judi Moreillon on her Goodreads Page.