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Patti Stren.
Toronto, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1984.
32pp., paper, $4.95.
ISBN 0-88902-974-1. CIP.

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Kindergarten-grade 4 / Ages 5-9

Reviewed by Jane Robinson.

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

This compact paperback is likely a familiar old favourite, originally published in 1977 in both Canada and the United States. It is still a delightfully unlikely tale about Elliot, a porcupine who exhibits conduct incongruous with his nature. He is looking for a hug. Patti Stren writes simply and sympathetically of Elliot's unsuccessful attempts to satisfy his hugging need by snuggling up to such inanimate objects as parking meters and assuming such lovable disguises as a birthday present. Forced to give up and accept is loveless lot, Elliot finally finds what he is searching for in a lonely forest.

The book continues to appeal to children for many reasons. Our own basic need for love and acceptance enables any reader or listener to relate to Elliot's plight, yet be amused by his efforts, and in the end rejoice in his triumph. The humorous comic-strip-style sketches of Elliot's experience enhance the lighthearted and animated mood of the story and a minimal amount of text all work together to effect a readable, non-threatening look at the quest for friendship.

Recommended for those who do not have a copy or who need a new one. An equally delightful 35 mm film of Hug Me is also available, complete with study guide for classroom use.

Jane Robinson, Winnipeg, MB.
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