While We Can’t Hug
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Hedgehog and Tortoise are the best of friends. They met when each was trying to find someone to give them a hug but now this nasty disease has hit the world, they are not allowed to hug each other any more. And that makes them sad. But then Wise Owl shows them that there are many ways to show your love even if you can’t actually touch each other,
This is the sequel to The Hug, and is equally as heart-warming. Even though it was published a year or so ago it is a timely then as it was then with similar social distancing still being in place, although the pandemic is not mentioned because there are many reasons why friends might be separated and unable to hug each other. And while Hedgehog and Tortoise offer a number of suggestions for connections, no doubt the children can offer more and can have fun doing so, putting them into practice so they can catch up with many different unseen people. Remember when people put teddies in their windows so little ones could see them on their daily walk? If not then, why not now? It all goes to telling each other we are seen and loved and thus, protecting and promoting our mental health.