Ged Adamson’s Bird Hugs is lovely story of friendship

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Bird Hugs Ged AdamsonBIRD HUGS, by Ged Adamson , Two Lions, Feb. 1, 2020, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 3-7)

A bird realizes his differences can be an asset in Ged Adamson’s Bird Hugs.

Bernard isn’t like other birds. As a baby, he didn’t realize he was different, but as his friends begin to fly, Bernard finds his wings are too long to take flight. As hard as he tries, even with help, every attempt ends with a crash landing.

What good are wings if you can’t fly?

Dejected, Bernard finds a lonely tree branch and makes himself at home. Then one night, he hears someone who’s even more depressed than he is. Without thinking, Bernard jumps in and gives the orangutan the one thing he’s perfectly made for — a big hug. Maybe, just maybe, what makes Bernard distinctive is worth embracing.

Bird Hugs is a sweet picture book perfect for this time of year. Ged Adamson’s charming characters pair perfectly with simple, but effective, text. The messages of compassion and understanding are spot-on for preschoolers. It may be too young for 6- and 7-year-olds on its own, but would be a great option for older siblings reading to younger.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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