Kindhearted Little Hedgehog worries about his friends in the aftermath of a huge blizzard.
The latest effort by the prolific Butler finds Little Hedgehog contending with lots of snow. It’s the deepest and highest he’s ever seen, and he is exhausted after digging a path out of his house. On his way to check on his friend Mouse and her babies, he tumbles and slides into a very deep snowdrift, and no matter how hard he tries he can’t get out. He puts his red hat on his walking stick and waves it until Rabbit spots it and pulls him out. They join forces to check on Mouse, and each time they find themselves in another dangerous predicament, there’s another friend to help. Eventually, Little Hedgehog, Rabbit, Fox, and Badger all help Mouse dig out, and, carrying her babies in that indestructible red hat, they head for Badger’s warm house and a fine dinner. The prickly hero is loving, resourceful, brave, and compassionate, as is his circle of friends. Butler employs accessible language and syntax that, although a bit stiff, keeps the tale moving at a pace just right for its young audience, and all without sliding too close to whimsy and treacle. Macnaughton’s lovely, bright large-scale illustrations nicely capture the cute creatures’ charming personalities.
A sweet friendship, lovingly and gently portrayed. (Picture book. 3-7)