Hugless Douglas- An Interactive Book

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Developed by: Hachette UK


Ages: 2-4

In this interactive book, a lovable brown bear wakes up one morning from hibernation in search of a hug — but he’s having a really hard time finding it. Little fingers tap the illustrations to see what happens when Douglas tries to hug a huge boulder, a really tall tree and a cozy-looking bush full of very soft but very scared sheep. Kids will love this book because of the laugh-out-loud animations. Parents will love it because of its heartwarming ending: Douglas finally finds the hug he was looking for all along from his big, tall, comfy mom. (TIME Tech)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:

  1. Talk About It! Help provide context and background before reading this interactive book by discussing hugs with your child.  Tell them that this book is about a bear who searches long and hard for the right hug. Do they like hugs? Why or why not? When do they often want hugs? When do they not want a hug? Who are their favorite hugs from?  How do hugs make them feel? And so on...
  2. Cause and Effect: Many scenes in this interactive book provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce the concept of cause & effect.  Teach your child about this concept by explaining to them that the effect is what happened, while the cause is what caused it to happen. To identify cause and effect, ask “what happened”? That is the effect. Ask “why did it happen”? That is the cause. For example, in one scene of this book, Douglas ends up with splinters. That is the effect. Why did he end up covered in splinters? Because he was trying to hug a tree. What other examples of cause and effect can you point out to your child? What other examples can they find?

Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

  1. ACTION, ACTION, ACTION- Verb Hunt: This app provides parents with a great opportunity to introduce basic grammar concepts in a fun and entertaining way. Explain to your child that a verb is any word that shows action. To reiterate what a verb is, show them this grammar rock video, which explains what a verb is and provides plenty of examples, too. After listening to each scene in the book, have your child either tell you, or jot down what verbs they hear. For some extra fun, have them act out the verb to reiterate that a verb shows ACTION! If your child is struggling to identify the verbs, ask them questions like: "What is Douglas doing? What is the sheep doing?" And so on...Help support younger children’s learning by asking these questions as they read the book and repeat the verbs.
  2. Interact with the App! Have your child practice object identification by tapping the objects they see on each page. The name of the object will then appear. Have them say what each object is.

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:

  1. Cool Characters! This interactive book provides a wonderful opportunity to begin teaching your child about fictional story elements. One of the main elements of a fictional book is the characters, specifically the main character. Explain to your child that a main character is the character that the story is mostly about. Once they identify the main character, have them practice analyzing them by helping them to ask the following questions: What does the character say? What does the character think? What does the character feel? What does the character do? In order to do this, it would be helpful to create a graphic organizer for your child. Have them draw Douglas on a piece of paper and jot down information about him around their drawing. Afterwards, reflect on their work and introduce the idea of character traits. Explain to your child that a trait is the way a person or a character in a book acts: it’s a part of their personality and it comes from inside. Some examples of traits are kind, loving, mean, etc. For younger children, have them work on identifying characters in the book.  
  2. What Did You Learn? All books have a certain lesson or theme that they want to teach the reader. Introduce this concept, another important element of fictional stories, to your child. Facilitate a discussion with your child about what they learned from this book, or what they believe Douglas learned. If they learned that Moms give the best hugs, have them write that on a separate piece of paper and illustrate or color it. Encourage them to share what they learned with friends or family members. Don’t forget to give your child a big HUG! To help support younger children’s learning, tell them a potential theme and have them either draw a visual representation of that or talk to you about why that is a possible theme for the book.