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.
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.
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.