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ONE STARRY NIGHT by M. Christina Butler


From the Little Hedgehog series

by M. Christina Butler illustrated by Tina Macnaughton

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-56148-768-4
Publisher: Good Books

Little Hedgehog and his friends enjoy a splendid evening of stargazing.

From his window one night, Hedgehog sees a silver shower of stars sparkling and flashing across the sky. He can't wait to tell his friends. Fox and Mouse are walking home through the meadow when Hedgehog catches up to them. Rabbit soon joins the party, jumping up and down with excitement. The baby mice ask politely if they can stay up to watch, so Mouse agrees. A fallen tree proves to be a tough obstacle, but the animals work together to get over it. Old Badger, in pince-nez with a blanket around his shoulders, advises that the top of the hill is the best viewing spot, and he joins the rest in their trek there, with a lantern to guide them all. Rabbit carries a net; he intends to catch a falling star. And Little Hedgehog carries his trusty binoculars. Mild excitement enters the plot when Rabbit falls into an old badger den, and in trying to see down inside, everyone else falls in too. Little Hedgehog finds another tunnel, and when everyone climbs up and out, there they are at the top of the hill, looking at a sparkly sky that stretches on forever.

Impossibly cute-looking animals, embossed stars and minor close calls add up to a delightful bedtime adventure story for children who absolutely, positively can't stand tension. (Picture book. 3-5)