Letter writing is an act of love, emotions and stories captured on paper to be read and reread, touching hearts on several levels. Email, texts, snaps – these avenues also send love. My experience is a letter has character, the handwriting, the thought, the time.
Sandra Horning must believe the letter has power as she shapes Owen, a grandson, into sending his grandma a hug – via a letter. Owen hugs the post master, who hugs the mail sorter, who hugs the driver, who hugs the pilot until Granny finally receives her personal, special hug.
Throughout the story, The Giant Hug, the recipient of the hug has a positive reaction. Their days brighten. This story shares a bucket-filling philosophy: when you give cheer, cheer is emulated.
Savorings for reading and in writing for The Giant Hug:
- Letter Writing
- Vocabulary – grimaced, blushed
- Repetitive Structure
- Snapshot scenes
- Community Building