Kids Nook Reads: Hug Me!

By all appearances, this book is about a tiny, cute little cactus who just wants a hug. To an extent, that’s true. But it’s also a beautiful parable about finding love in the wrong places, healing, and then learning to help others again. Bet you didn’t expect all that from a kid’s book huh?

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Hug Me
by Simona Ciraolo

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Felipe, the adorable cactus on the cover, comes from a well known family of pretty, yet prickly, cacti.

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They keep telling him that he’ll grow up to be something great, but Felipe doesn’t want to be something great… he just wants a hug!

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He’s so lonely that when a yellow balloon comes along, he doesn’t realize the true nature of his new friend, or the consequences of getting too close to such a reckless balloon.

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As you can imagine, this friendship with the balloon doesn’t end well, and everyone in Felipe’s family blames him for what happened. Felipe feels awful.

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So, like many of us who have been hurt, our little cactus friend retreats into his own little world, where no one can bother him and he can’t bother anyone else.

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That is, until… well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.

Happy reading friends! And don’t forget to keep loving!

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