animal stories

'Go to sleep, Prickly One, cold winter is coming.'

This is a delightful story about an ususual friendship between a hedgehog who doesn't want to go to sleep and the wind.

The other animals are all too busy getting ready to hibernate to play with little Isaac who just is NOT sleepy! Isaac is sad until a whispering voice offers to play with him one last time before winter. Having enjoyed a series of lovley games with his new friend, the wind, Isaac is ready to snuggle down in his pile of leaves whilst the wind sings him to sleep.

Isaac has such an expressive little face and is a very engaging character which children will relate to. Wind is a gentle, affectionate playmate, answering Isaac's questions patiently.

...some of the best things can neither be seen nor be held, yet they are real...

The illustrations throughout are delightful, using rich autumnal shades and including little details to spot and discuss- the seeds drifting on the breeze, the geese on the end papers... Perfect for talking about hibernation and the seasons, 'Wide-Awake Hedgehog' is the perfect book for snuggling up and sharing. Who wouldn't want to play in the autumn leaves after reading it?

Wide Awake Hedgehog        written and illustrated by Rosie Wellesley

Pavilion    ISBN: 978-1843653097



Friendship, farms...and sniffer pigs!

If you are looking for a lovely story to share and enjoy with animal lovers, then this is a real treat.

In the first of a new series, the reader is introduced to Jasmine and her family. Living on a farm, Jasmine's dad is a farmer and her mother a large-animal vet so it is not surprising that Jasmine loves animals and wants to rescue any in need.

'A Piglet Called Truffle' is perfect for children finding their feet in reading who are looking for a longer story to enjoy. Although accessible, it offers plenty of challenge as Helen Peters uses wide vocabulary and an exciting plot. You also learn a surprising amount about looking after farm animals!

Jasmine is a very likeable and believable character and her rescue of Truffle is completely in keeping with what the reader knows of her. Her little brother and his friend are great creations- 'Violent Babies' is right out of the imagination of a five-year-old!

Helen Peters' books for older children- 'The Secret Hen House Theatre' and 'The Farm Beneath the Water'- are both excellent reads and it is great to see her maintain the quality of her writing for a younger audience. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.

A Piglet Called Truffleby Helen Peters, illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

Nosy Crow   ISBN: 978-0857637734