This entry in the "Soundprints Wild Habitats" storybook discovery series presents the British hedgerow habitat and the animals that live there. Readers follow the prickly hedgehog as it eats, sleeps, avoids danger, and travels across a field to meet a potential mate. The watercolor illustrations are attractive, sometimes dramatic and accurate. The text, presented in tidy framed rectangles, is written in immediate-sounding present tense and while not especially compelling, it gets the job done. Endmatter includes a map showing where Britain is, a note about hedgerows and hedgehogs, and a double-page gatefold that shows eighteen animals and plants found in hedgerows, both in individual squares and in the panorama that results when both are opened. A good introduction to this specific habitat. 2001, Soundprints, $15.95 and $5.95. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Hedgehog Haven provides a glimpse into the day of a six-month-old hedgehog. This fictional tale contains factual information about the habitat and habits of the hedgehog. The hedgerow is alive with sounds of insects, birds, and the sniffing hedgehog. During the day, sounds from the farm can be heard, including the tractor as it approaches and leaves the hedgerow area. With the approach of evening, the hedgehog explores a nearby spring and nocturnal sounds are heard. The female narrator speaks clearly and pauses appropriately for the habitat sounds. A restful musical background throughout the recording helps set the scene and mood of the story. The cassette includes information about hedgerows and hedgehogs that appears as a note in the text. The book has a double-page foldout picture glossary of the hedgerow community, a world map with Great Britain starred, a brief paragraph about Great Britain and another about its hedgerow communities. Beyond listening for sheer pleasure, this cassette and book could provide a starting place for a study of habitats and hedgehogs. Young students could use the glossary as a model for a simple picture dictionary. For older students, a comparison of British and American practices related to community growth into wilderness areas could begin with this vision of hedgerows.-Jerilyn Woodson, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Baton Rouge, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.