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Summary: The winter winds blew hard. So hard that the leaf-house Little Hedgehog had built blew away. Just as the cold started cutting through him, Father Christmas delivered his present: A warm, woolly hat. But it didn't work for Little Hedgehog, who shared this generous gift with Rabbit, and it passed through several friends, each trying to help another. Who would ultimately keep the hat? This seasonal book offers a year-round lesson on caring and sharing.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.6
Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Touch-and-feel stories are still among our daughter's favorites. This book was an instant hit, not only because she could feel the hat on each page, but because she loved the story (and Little Hedgehog). We had LOTS of requests to read and re-read this one.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a wonderful book. We will read it again next year as part of our holiday collection, although it is good enough (and appropriate) to read all year long. It was great to find a touch-and-feel book for the more sophisticated listener.
Pros: Kids will love this story about the animals sharing a special present.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Yes, this is a holiday story, but the theme is about offering presents and Christmas really is a thin veneer for this universal story.
Educational Themes: The themes of the story are intertwined: caring, sharing, and friendship. Given that the hat ultimately becomes a "sleeping bag," the book offers a chance to talk about creative uses for ordinary things (i.e., thinking outside the box, creative problem solving).