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CriticasKindergarten-Grade 2–This jewel of a book is a simple tale nestled in a complex framework told in verse. The story, recounted by a narrator in the third person, is of three hedgehogs who enter a private orchard and steal apples. When the farmer and his wife discover the theft, they raise an alarm, and a procession of servants gathers, cudgels in hand, to hunt for the thieves. The hedgehogs, meanwhile, have made it safely back to their home where they feast on the fruit and throw the cores out into the garden. Winter descends, and the search is put off until the spring. When it recommences, the hunters close in on their quarry and discover a new apple tree growing in the garden. The depiction of the formal gardens, the candelabra in the hedgehog's lair, and the garb of the period characters lend a historical French ambience. The story is divided into two acts, and is capped off with a final scene in which the hedgehogs host a picnic in the orchard. The illustrations are garnished with curling banners bearing Latin mottoes and flags, and labels with French phrases—explained in a glossary at the end. This book will be most appreciated when read with an adult. Recommended for large collections.
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