Thursday, April 9, 2015

A TO Z CHALLENGE - "H" HEDGEHOG AND HELPING HERBIE HEDGEHOG


My animal for today is the hedgehog. I had planned to write about horses, until I received this adorable picture book about a hedgehog. Who could resist? First the hedgehog, then the picture book.
Fun facts about this little animal.

The hedgehog got its name because they root through hedges and other undergrowth in search of their favorite food. As it moves through the hedges it emits pig-like grunts: so, the name hedgehog.

They have about 5000 spines. Each spine lasts about a year then drops out and a replacement grows.
 

British author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, although most famous for her story of Peter Rabbit, also wrote the wonderful tale of a hedgehog named "Mrs. Tiggy-winkle", a matronly washer-woman. A hedgehog's average life span is 4-6 years, however they can live to be 8 years old. It is said they make great pets.


Now, let's meet a cute little Hedgehog in
 
HELPING HERBIE HEDGEHOG
Picture book by Author Melissa Abramovitz.


 

Herbie has places to go and things to do. But he needs some help ‘cause he hasn’t a clue! If you’ll help Herbie decide what’s right and wrong, he’ll be busy and happy the whole day long! Herbie the clueless hedgehog needs help figuring out how to get places and go about his day. Amusing delightful rhymes invite kids to give helpful advice while learning about everyday things in this early chapter book/picture book. Should Herbie ride his bicycle to visit his cousin who lives across the ocean? Will his TV set cook a meal? He really needs these kids’ help! Recommended for ages 2-7.
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Author bio:


 
 



 Melissa Abramovitz has been a freelance writer/author for 30 years. She’s the author of hundreds of magazine articles for all age groups, from preschoolers through adults; more than 40 educational books for children and teenagers; numerous poems and short stories; the children’s picture books ABCs of Health and Safety and Helping Herbie Hedgehog; and a book for writers titled A Treasure Trove of Opportunity: How to Write and Sell Articles for Children’s Magazines. Melissa graduated from the University of California San Diego with a degree in psychology and is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She is a member of SCBWI and The Working Writer’s Club.
 

 
 
My Review:
HELPING HERBIE HEDGEHOG
Author Melissa Abramovitz
Illustrator Robert Lee Beers
Do you ever have trouble making decisions? Like what to eat, where to shop, or how to dress? Sometimes choices are hard.
In HELPING HERBIE HEDGEHOG, Author Melissa Abramovitz’s new picture book for children two to seven, we meet a young Hedgehog that has all sorts of problems. He wants to travel to a lot of places, but what’s the best way to go: a bike, a ship, roller skates or a rocket ship? What a dilemma for a child. Herbie faces the same problem when he’s hungry and when he’s shopping, as well as other events in his day.
HELPING HERBIE HEDGEHOG is an adorable story that young readers will likely relate to. I can picture the children laughing at Herbie as he struggles to decide what to do. They may even offer him a word of advice. Written in rhyme, the story has a sing-song rhythm and moves along without any dull moments.
The illustrations by Robert Lee Beers are just right for the story. The expressions on Herbie’s face show his puzzlement and his joy. Bright colors give the book a happy tone.
The author and illustrator have created a book that should be in every child’s library. It would make a great addition to pre-school and elementary school libraries too.


 Happy Reading.
 
 
 

26 comments:

  1. Hedgehogs are cute animals.

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    1. They are cute little critters, aren't they, Melanie.

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    2. If I recall correctly, one of my cousins in the south of England found one last year and took it in. Not sure how long she had it or if she still does.

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    3. That's interesting, Melanie. I wonder what kind of pet they make. Easy to care for? Friendly? I bet it would be interesting, for sure.

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  2. How wonderful that you were able to incorporate your review of Herbie with your post, as part of your A - Z challenge! Thanks, Bev!

    I'm going to share this on Facebook and twitter! :-)

    Best of luck with your blogging challenge. I saw your past posts and honestly, I don't know how you manage to come up with such interesting posts! :-)

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    1. It worked out just great, Mayra. Such a sweet book. I'll post the review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Good Reads, Shelfari and Library Thing later today.
      I love animals and am having fun with researching them. :)

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  3. This talk about hedgehogs makes me remember a story, a book I had long, long ago. It was about a hedgehog Christmas, I can't remember just a vague picture in my mind of hedgehogs with little scarfs and mittens in the snow.

    Also remember a wonderful puzzle of a cozy hedgehog family at home. They had a red checkered tablecloth. Wish I still had that puzzle. It had at least 1000 pieces.

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    1. Such pleasant memories you have, Kristin. It's funny how something will jog our thoughts back to those early days. I don't recall ever reading about a Hedgehog before.

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  4. Lovely creatures are hedgehogs, thanks for a great read.

    Yvonne.

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    1. They are lovely little critters, aren't they, Yvonne. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Hedgehogs are cute! I didn't know Beatrix Potter wrote a story about a hedgehog. I'll need to look for it to read to my nephews. :)

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    1. I didn't know about Potter's hedgehog story either, Chrys, until I was researching the animal.

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  6. 5000 spines? Wow, they sure have a lot. They are cute animals too.

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    1. That is a lot, Pat, and to think they regrow them every year.

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  7. So very sad that they have almost disappeared in England, now a very rare sight.

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    1. That is sad, Carole. I didn't know it. So many animals are endangered.

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  8. Hi from a fellow A to Z-er. Believe it or not, I don't think I have ever seen a hedgehog. Is it related to the porcupine?

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    1. Hi Bob. Thanks for stopping by. The hedgehog and porcupine are not related. :) Porcupines are in the rodent family; hedgehogs are in the insectivore order, with shrews and moles.

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  9. Thank you for your informative review, Beverly! I had no idea Beatrix Potter wrote a book about a hedgehog, and the other facts you share are also fascinating. Best of luck with your A-Z challenge!

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    1. I hadn't heard about her hedgehog book either, Melissa, until I researched hedgehogs. Thank you for your kind wishes.

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  10. Thank you for all the extra postings, Bev! I'm sure Melissa will greatly appreciate it!

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    1. You're welcome, Mayra. I try to post as many places as I can. It will be this evening. I have a ball game to watch this afternoon. :)

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  11. Riding your bike across the ocean would be a bad idea, Herbie!

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  12. Way too cute! I'm learning so much new and good animal info from you, Beverly:)

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    1. Thanks, Karin. I'm learning a lot too. It's fun researching the animals.

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