Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar – by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper

5193ncl2ekl       Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar – by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper, Henry Holt Publishing, 9781627798471, 2017

Format: Board book

Rating: (1-5, 5 is an excellent or starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Hattie and Horace are the two best friends in the world. These two little hedgehogs did everything together, from watching blossoms fall from trees to playing hide and seek in the meadow.  One day they found a tiny caterpillar under a leaf who just wanted to eat and eat and eat. They watched the caterpillar eventually change into a beautiful butterfly and thought that if they copied what the caterpillar had done, they would become beautiful, colorful creatures. Sure enough, they copied the caterpillar, and sure enough, they succeeded!

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? Children ages 2-5 will love the inventiveness of Horace and Hattie. This book is also good for a kindergarten class where children are introduced to the life stages of a butterfly. Although the illustrations are somewhat unrealistic, children will be able to follow along with the story.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it ? picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Feb. 19, 2017


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