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Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch Paperback – 2 Oct 1994
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"A charming book with a real plot."
"Kirkus Reviews", starred review
About the Author
Eileen Spinelli is no stranger to the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie's Masterpiece. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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This is a story that teaches that to receive love you have only to give it. A great book to share with young children.
Mr. Hatch is a lonely man who lives alone. He wears the same color clothing; brings the same lunch to work and does not socialize. (He sounds like he may have Asperger's, with his rigid adherence to routine and poor social skills). He works in a shoelace factory and rarely interacts with his co-workers.
On Valentine's Day, something wonderful comes Mr. Hatch's way. He receives a Valentine's box full of candy and a card. He has no idea who sent it, but the idea of being loved transforms him.
Gone are the drab clothes; he is now attired in bright, cheery outfits. He even brings different foods for lunch and is happily chatting with co-workers and neighbors. Before long, he becomes a beloved fixture in his neighborhood.
Sad news nearly undoes all of his progress. He learns the truth behind the Valentine's gifts, but it is the rallying support of his neighbors and co-workers who delight in this "new" Mr. Hatch that allow this delightful character to blossom.
We love you, Mr. Hatch!
transforming power of love. The pictures are fun, a little goofy. I read this to my Daisy and Brownie troop last year just before Valentine's Day, and when I finished, the response was "Read it again!" Tuck this one away for many Valentine's Days of rereading and reinforcing the importance
of love, attention and caring.
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