Ollie’s Hug

Clarion. (Gossie & Friends). Mar. 2022. 16p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9780358663935.
PreS-Gr 1–Dunrea has done it again with his adorable goslings. The main character is introduced in a humorous and totally relatable way. “This is Ollie. He is in a mood. Nothing feels right!” Many of Ollie’s gosling friends have very smart suggestions for how to cure the mood he is in, such as having quiet time, going exploring, or playing ball, but despite his efforts, nothing feels right. Finally, Ollie’s friend Gossie knows exactly what he needs—a big hug! The illustrations are colorful pastels centered on a white background. Children will love the personality differences each gosling portrays. At the end of this gentle book, the 12 goslings are featured on their own in small ovals with their name and what makes them unique, such as “Peedie, sometimes forgets things.” Kindness and empathy prevail in this very sweet beginner picture book.
VERDICT A perfect purchase for all libraries wishing to instill compassion in young minds and on little hearts.

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