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Rabbit's Wish
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Rabbit's Wish

by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
 

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From the coauthors of the Edge Chronicles comes a charming tale of the wonderful friendship between Rabbit and Hedgehog, and the day they finally get to spend together

Rabbit and Hedgehog are the best of friends, even though Rabbit is awake all day, but Hedgehog is only awake at night. Rabbit finds himself wishing that Hedgehog could stay up

Overview

From the coauthors of the Edge Chronicles comes a charming tale of the wonderful friendship between Rabbit and Hedgehog, and the day they finally get to spend together

Rabbit and Hedgehog are the best of friends, even though Rabbit is awake all day, but Hedgehog is only awake at night. Rabbit finds himself wishing that Hedgehog could stay up all day, just once. Will Rabbit's wish come true?

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From the Publisher

"Riddell's gentle, cartoon pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations underscore the joy these creatures share and the anxiety they feel when each thinks the other is in danger."  —School Library Journal

"Soft, expressive watercolor illustrations are a good match for this story about friendship (along the lines of Frog and Toad books), which will work well as a read-aloud or for a lap-sit session."  —Booklist

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Best friends get unexpected mileage from a single wish in this charming tale of Rabbit and Hedgehog, an unlikely duo who share a strong bond but different bedtimes. Rabbit is a day creature and Hedgehog is a night creature -- that's just the way it is.

"I wish that, just for once, Hedgehog could stay up all day with me," Rabbit says wistfully. Sad and alone, Rabbit is having his daily breakfast of grass and clover when it stars to rain. He retreats to his burrow and sorts through his treasures: a ball, some string, "the wooly thing" that resembles a glove, and the bottle of moonlight Hedgehog gave him for his birthday. Suddenly, water appears in his burrow, and it's rising fast. Worried for his friend, he gathers his things and scurries out calling for Hedgehog, who finds him in the rain. The best buddies play together all day long, and Rabbit confesses that his wish has come true. From the golden hues of the morning sky to Hedgehog's delightful smiles and Rabbit's expressive ears, Chris Riddell employs strong lines and beautiful colors to illustrate Paul Stewart's sublimely sweet tale. (Amy Barkat)

Children's Literature
Each morning Rabbit sadly says goodnight to his best friend, Hedgehog. He wonders why they never get to spend a whole day together. Hedgehog explains to Rabbit—"You are a day creature and I am a night creature. That is the way it is." Rabbit misses his friend terribly and wishes that for once Hedgehog could stay up all day with him. One rainy day an unexpected flood forces Hedgehog and Rabbit to flee to higher ground, and helps Rabbit's wish come true. The illustrations are lively and fun and add to the charm of this heartwarming tale of friendship. This book would be a wonderful way to start a discussion of nocturnal and daytime animals, either in the classroom or at home. 2001, HarperCollins, $12.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-As the sun comes up, Rabbit wishes that Hedgehog could stay up during the day and play with him. However, his friend goes to bed, and Rabbit is on his own. When it begins to rain, he goes into his burrow, and water seeps in. He gathers his treasures, which include the bottle of moonlight Hedgehog gave him, and runs out in search of his friend, who has come to look for him. The two animals play in the rain until it is time for Rabbit to go to bed. Riddell's gentle, cartoon pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations underscore the joy these creatures share and the anxiety they feel when each thinks the other is in danger.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842700891
Publisher:
Andersen Press, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Series:
Rabbit and Hedgehog Series
Edition description:
New edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"This third book about Rabbit and Hedgehog will join the first (A Little Bit of Winter) as one of my favourites on the friendship theme. It is delightful." —Books for Keeps

"Writer Paul Stewart and illustrator Chris Riddell have created two endearing woodland characters whose simple friendship is at once humorous and heartwarming. Their first adventure, A Little Bit of Winter, is also available in paperback as is their second, The Birthday Presents: 'An enchanting story.'" —Child Education

Meet the Author

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell have previously collaborated on the bestselling Edge Chronicles.

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