Back of Book:
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 received a copy of this book from author Amy Guglielmo in exchange for an honest review.
I love that Temple Grandin’s story is appearing in children’s lit. She is a true pioneer in her field and is definitely should be a part of the children’s library. How to Build a Hug is a terrific biography introduction to how Temple felt as a child. The book is a window for readers to understand the different aspects of Autism. It shows that even though some people act or communicate differently, they still need friends. The pictures are done in beautiful soft watercolors and are truly lovely. The back of the book has a very informative author’s note that shares more about Temple Grandin and her amazing life. This is a truly well-written none fiction story and should be a part of every classroom.
Ages 6 and up