PPBF: How to Build a Hug

Author: Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville
 Giselle Potter
Publisher: Atheneum, 2018
Themes: Temple Grandin, animal scientist, autism spectrum disorders in children
Opening: Temple loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses for her dog, and building lean-tos with real hinged doors.

Summary: (from the publisher) As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held—but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to enjoy the comfort of a hug? Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t receive a hug, she would make one . . . she would build a hug machine!

I like this book because: I think it relays her feelings as a child well making her trajectory in life so easy for all kids to relate to. I recently watched a book talk with Jeff Kinney for her newest book for kids, The Outdoor Scientist (see below). Glad this is out as summer is about to begin for kids and adults to explore together, but I’d suggest reading this with kids too! I had first heard about Grandin in an article I read in Germany almost 30yrs ago, and was fascinated to learn – at the same age – that not everyone thought visually like myself! And I was delighted to hear she worked in the town I was moving to in the States. I’ve seen her speak numerous times and have even spotted her in the wild in town!

Resources/activities: easy – read the book!

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE. 

And take a peek at my uncut Corona hair in the video below with Laura Backes form writeforkids.org below!

7 thoughts on “PPBF: How to Build a Hug

  1. I remember reading her book years ago, and thinking about how she made the “hug machine” she needed. Such and interesting perspective. And she’s done so much for animals! I’ve been wanting to read this book. Great choice!

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  2. I have read so many YA books about Temple Grandin, but have never read her PB. Have always been fascinated by her, so will be interested in learning about her hug box. I followed her work with with cattle and the designs she made to lessen their fear before they met their end — genius. Thanks for sharing!


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