The Winter Hedgehog
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The format, large with high quality colour and paper, and the excellent illustrations make this a very attractive book. The story I'm less sure about. It appears to be a nature story - the pictures depict wild animals in natural habitats and the smallest hedgehog is plainly a hedgehog, not an imitation child, doing hedgehog things. Because of this air of realism a young reader may be led to believe that a baby hedgehog could survive winter out of hibernation in snow and ice with only one carrot to eat. There's an carrot to eat. There's an uneasy mix of fact and fiction which worries me rather. It would, however, be worth discussing this with children and thereby preventing misunderstanding.