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Abbotsford mom releases children’s book The Missing Hug

Sarina Aujla wrote book with her two sons, ages 5 and 7
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Abbotsford mom Sarina Aujla, with her sons Ishaan and Veer, has released a children’s book titled The Missing Hug. (Submitted photos)

An Abbotsford mom has released a children’s book that she wrote with her two sons.

Sarina Aujla’s book is titled The Missing Hug. It tells the story of Oogey, a stuffed bear with a heart full of love.

His life is wonderful and usually he is happy, but one morning he wakes up and realizes that something is missing – a simple gesture that will change his day.

Aujla says the book is “a simple, fun story about the simplest thing of all – a hug.”

She has a background in human resources and has worked with people from all walks of life.

“In my time both working and being a mom I found that kindness through one’s actions and words goes a long way,” she said.

“A simple smile can change someone’s bad day, and a warm hug can make even the impossible feel attainable.”

Aujla said she feels fortunate to be able to share her love of literacy and passion for writing with her two sons – Ishaan, 7, and Veer, 5. The book was inspired by their stuffed bear Oogey, who always reads with them each night before bed.

“They are my inspirations, and their love for reading truly made this book happen,” Aujla said of her sons.

The Missing Hug, illustrated by Afton Jane, has been published by Friesen Press and is available through their website friesenpress.com and at Indigo and Amazon.