The Happy Hedgehog

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Mikko the little hedgehog loved his garden. He knew all the animals that lived there. He knew all the plants and flowers too, and he enjoyed learning about their healing powers. He thought he was perfectly content?"until the day Grandfather Tarek stopped by and told Mikko he was wasting his time. "Go take a look how others lead their lives!" Tarek tells him. So that's just what Mikko does.

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Overview

Mikko the little hedgehog loved his garden. He knew all the animals that lived there. He knew all the plants and flowers too, and he enjoyed learning about their healing powers. He thought he was perfectly content—"until the day Grandfather Tarek stopped by and told Mikko he was wasting his time. "Go take a look how others lead their lives!" Tarek tells him. So that's just what Mikko does.

Mikko the hedgehog is perfectly content living in his garden until Grandfather Tarek suggests that he should accomplish something important in order to be happy like the other animals.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mikko, a content young hedgehog, confirms his convictions and teaches his grumbling grandpa a lesson in Pfister's long-winded story. When Grandfather Tarek finds his grandson laying in the little fellow's beloved garden, he declares, "The youth of today are simply useless," and urges Mikko to "take advantage of your youth to accomplish something important so you will be happy!" So Mikko ventures out into the world and comes upon some single-minded, determined animals, including a tortoise training to be fastest in the world and a hare memorizing everything his teacher says, even though he doesn't understand a word of it. Predictably, Mikko observes that while these other creatures "were striving, they weren't enjoying life at all." Mikko returns home pleased with his life just as it is. When his grandfather comes to visit with a cough, Mikko cures it with tea made from the healing herbs in his garden, and Tarek suddenly appreciates his grandson. Pfister's artwork lacks the pizzazz of his Rainbow Fish books, though the spare, genial paintings of creatures on the run offer some comic relief. Unfortunately, the rather heavy-handed message here overpowers the story. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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When his grandfather urges him to take advantage of his youth, a young hedgehog ventures out into the world and returns pleased with his life just as it is. "The rather heavy-handed message overpowers the story," said PW, "but spare, genial paintings of creatures on the run offer some comic relief." Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Mikko loves to observe the world around him, and prides himself on his knowledge of plants, animals, insects, and herbal remedies. However, his crabby grandfather thinks he is a lazy dreamer and sends the young hedgehog off to observe other animals that spend their time trying to be the smartest, fastest, or strongest of their species. Mikko learns that they are not happy in their pursuits, decides he doesn't want to live that way, and, upon returning home, uses his herbal knowledge to aid his ailing grandfather's cough, winning the old coot's approval. The didactic text is accompanied by Pfister's signature illustrations, which are humorous and appealing, but cannot help this formulaic, preachy story. For a better example of the value of dreamers in society, choose Leo Lionni's Frederick (Knopf, 1967).-Holly Belli, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, West Caldwell, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Midwest Book Review
Marcus Pfister's Happy Hedgehog tells of Mikko the hedgehog who loves his garden and the animals who live there. His simple happiness is ruined by an industrious grandfather who thinks Mikko is wasting his time with simple goals -- and a lesson is learned when he tries otherwise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735811645
  • Publisher: NorthSouth
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.

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