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A nice nature based story of friendship, kindness and teamwork.
‘Spikey’ by Tereza Anteneová, supported by Hedgehog preservation campaign Hedgehog Street, tells the story of Spikey, a young hedgehog that must learn what he needs in order to survive as winter fast approaches.
There’s two sets of quiz questions throughout the book, catering to younger and older readers, meaning this book could be read and enjoyed by the entire family. Spikey is a little bit different from normal hedgehogs, sleeping at night and making friends with Ladybirds and foxes, but this is a charming tale of friendship and teamwork. Through the quiz questions, readers are encouraged to think about how the different characters may be feeling, what they’re learning and what could happen next to maintain engagement with the story. The illustrations are in a watercolour style, light coloured and sweet, a great addition to the story and another aspect for younger readers to delight in.
A story of three unlikely friends that’s clearly written. I would have liked Spikey to have gradually learned to live in the dark in order to help to educate younger readers that seeing a hedgehog during the day isn’t a good thing. However, focusing on the friendship, kindness and teamwork themes throughout this story, it is a lovely read I’m sure young readers will enjoy.
Additional supporting material about helping hedgehogs for schools and home can be found at www.thelittlehedgehog.com.
In Regent’s Park, London, a lonely and rejected hedgehog called Spikey must learn
quickly if he is to survive the coming winter. With only the wisdom of his grandma to guide him, he sets out into the big, wide world. Who will help him, and how will he cope when there are dangers all around?
An exciting and heart-warming story for children and hedgehog-lovers of all ages.
This is a book for adults to both read and discuss with early readers, and for more advanced readers to read and think about by themselves.
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