Hedge Hog!

Hedge Hog! illus. by Ashlyn Anstee. 40p. Tundra. May 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770499911.
PreS-Gr 1—As winter closes in, all of the garden animals search for a warm place to stay. Most animals double up in their homes: bees and ladybugs share a hive, foxes and possums share a burrow, etc. All except for Hedgehog who lives in the garden hedge—he stubbornly refuses to share. In fact, he puts up signs and builds a fence to mark his place and keep the other creatures out. When he throws a tantrum, slams his door, and ruins his hedge, he must seek refuge with the very creatures he has turned away. Luckily, they are forgiving and willing to make room for him. Hedgehog then shares the pie he is seen making on the title page just as the first snow falls. The final illustration, done in crayon and gouache, shows solitary Hedgehog happily eating and chatting with Grasshopper, fully won over by company and sharing.
VERDICT A good read-aloud choice for hibernation or sharing themes.

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