Encouraging connections and inspiring friendshpi.

Summary:

From a simple "hi" to the toots of a train, this rhyming book encourages the reader to find their 'just right" way of greeting someone new. 


Parent Perspective:
Colorful, yet simple illustrations complement this rhyming poem. At its heart, the poem helps readers understand that saying "hi" can be done in different ways. And while we most often associate it with greeting someone, it also has the benefit of showing kindness. I particularly like that the narrative is explicit in acknowledging that saying hello isn't easy for everyone and offering alternatives.

The "To: | From:" on the endpapers suggests it is a gift book, though I could easily see it in a preschool classroom. Sadly, COVID-19 may also change the ways this book references physical touch. Even without the Coronavirus, I was surprised by the recommendation to "give a hug" to someone. Since the book is about introducing yourself ot someone new, that isn't something normally suggested.

This is a book for preschool through middle grade. It is a perfect picture book for kids and teens facing big life changes like new schools or new neighborhoods. It is an easy way to acknowledge emotions and a sweet reminder that "you got this."


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Cute illustrations and a fun rhyme come together in a poem that is both encouraging and inspirational. 

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a rhyming picture book about the ways the reader can introduce themselves or start friendships.
Educational Themes:

The book goes through all of the ways one can say "hello," but it doesn't address the flip side: what to do if someone's greeting makes you uncomfortable or feeling awkward. Re-explore the pages and talk about how to respond to specific types of "hello."

Ask your readers if there are ways of saying hello or making friends that the book forgot? What would they be?

Reading Level:
2.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It is cute, but it isn't a book you'll likely only read in specific situations.

Title Hello You!
Author Sandra Magsamen
Publisher Sourcebooks Wonderland, Imprint Sourcebooks © 2020
Illustrators Sandra Magsamen
ISBN 9781728214078
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.99
Genres Emotions and Feelings
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