The Snowy Nap

illus. by Jan Brett. 32p. Putnam. Oct. 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399170737. POP
PreS-Gr 2–Hedgie, first introduced in The Hat, is back, and this time he's determined not to hibernate over winter. The hens, geese, sheep, the billy goat, pig, and horse each come to bid him a good sleep, and promise to tell him about the fun of ice skating, snowmen, and sleigh bells when he awakens in the spring. Not wishing to miss all these and the beautiful blue of a winter sky, Hedgie stays out in the cold in hopes of staying awake. Luckily, the young farm child finds him dozing and brings him indoors to snuggle near a window so he can see all the festivities while warm. He finally nods off, and Lisa gently relocates him to his burrow in the wild. All the other animals have decided they want to view winter from a snug house. Brett's signature Scandinavian-style drawings include page borders reflecting the previous and upcoming action.
VERDICT Inspired by her pet rabbit's interest in winter, Brett's storytelling finesse and delicately detailed illustrations remind us why she's so popular with children.

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