Hedgehog's Home by Branko Copic


Hedgehog's Home by Branko Copic

Hedgemond is a very determined and stubborn little Hedgehog who loves his home deep in the forest. When invited to dine with the charming Miss Fox at her home in the quarry he is happy to accept. Over the course of the next four hours Hedgemond enjoys delicious food and delightful company, but with a long journey ahead of him, he is soon anxious to be on his way. Despite Miss Fox's protestations and her attempts to persuade him to stay a while longer, Hedgemond is resolved to return to his own cosy home. He must have riches he has to protect thinks Miss Fox so she decides to follow him and find out. As she rushes after Hedgemond, Wolf, Bear and the wild Boar are also eager to know 'why hedgehog so loves his native abode!' so they all follow him in hot pursuit. The trouble is that the other animals of the forest simply don't understand why Hedgemond loves his home so much. Hedgehog's Home by Branko Copic (1915-1984) was first published in Yugoslavia in 1951. Born an ethnic Serb, he was one of the former Yugoslavia's best known and most popular writers for adults and children. This was a story that could be recited by almost every Yugoslav adult and child since it first appeared. Despite the recent Balkan wars it has survived to become part of the culture of the newly formed republics of the early 1990s and the book still remains on the Croatian school curriculum.


'The translator has done an excellent job of recreating this gentle tale in English about the significance of home and caring for your natural habitat, enabling a new generation of children to enjoy the writing of one of the Balkan's most famous writers. Accompanied by charming illustrations by Croatian artist Sanja Rescek this is a perfect book for sharing and reading aloud.'

About the Author

Copic was a Bosnian Serb born in the village of Hasani near Bosanska Krupa.[citation needed] He attended schools in Bihac, Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Karlovac before moving to Belgrade to study at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy until his graduation in 1940. Upon the uprising in the Bosanska Krajina in 1941, he joined the Partisans and remained in their ranks until the end of World War II. That period of his life influenced much of his literary work as can be seen by the themes he later writes about. At the end of the war he returned to Belgrade where he was, until 1949, the director of a children's magazine called Pioniri . From 1951 until his death he was a professional writer. His books have been translated into Albanian, Czech, English, Dutch, Italian, Macedonian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish, Romanian, Turkish, Slovak, German, French, and Russian, and some of them have been turned into TV series. He was featured on the 0.50 Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark bill, which has been withdrawn from circulation and replaced with coins.

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32 pages


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Istros Books

Publication date

11th November 2011



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