"Everybody needs a hug, sometimes."Mhia is a child who loves to hug and is saddened by the fact the sun never receives one. Until her mom tells her a wonderful story. Who Will Hug the Sun.
The sun was very hot. No one would touch her. This made the sun very sad, because more than anything, she wished she could be hugged.
She saw mommies hugging their children.
She saw children hugging their pets.
She saw mommies and daddies hugging and wanted to be hugged even more.
She tried to hug the birds, the airplanes, and the balloons that escaped from the children…but they all flew too low.
One day the sun grabbed the fluffiest cloud and held it close.
The cloud melted like ice and the sun cried.
One of the wonderful reviews:
This wonderful little book, which is beautifully illustrated by the author, provides a wonderful metaphor for solar eclipses. It presents a way to open discussions about and investigations into the solar system, folklore and the technique of metaphor in understanding complex ideas.
It is a story which a child will remember perhaps all their lives and infuses a wonder into their earliest attempt to understand the solar system. Even when they learn more about the solar system, this tale will come back to them.
They will learn at some point that solar eclipses are more frequent than once a year, for example, but that is only another teachable moment when children learn about the bigger world out there, the solar system and universe.
What Ey Wade has provided is an early starting point for young children to become curious about science and the mysteries of nature. It gives parents a wonderfully entertaining way to spark a life time of shared memories of these images and metaphors. Even an old person like myself can fall in love with this naive desire to "hug the sun" because, well everyone needs a hug sometimes.
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