A delightfully original companion book to Jan Brett's bestseller The Mitten.
When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking gets stuck on his prickles and the fun begins.
A mother hen comes by, then a noisy goose, a talkative barn cat, a playful farm dog, a mama pig and her piglets, and a pony. They all laugh at Hedgie, especially when he pretends he's wearing a new hat. But in the end, it is clever Hedgie who has the last laugh.
And where is Lisa when all of this is going on? She's in Jan Brett's signature borders, getting ready for winter, until she realizes her stocking is missing and she enters the story to look for it.
Luminous paintings of a Scandinavian farm and the forest around it are bathed in northern light, as the snow begins to fall and the adventure unfolds.
About the Author
With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."
As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."
Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."
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By Jan Brett
Putnam Publishing GroupCopyright © 1997 Jan Brett
All right reserved.
Chapter OneWinter was coming. Lisa took out her warm clothes.
She was hanging them up when the wind blew away one of her socks.
Hedgie found it, poked his nose in and got stuck. Oh no! he thought. I'll never get this off.
"Cackle, cackle," the mother hen said. "What's that thing on your head, Hedgie?"
"Why, it's my new hat," he sniffed. "Oh," said the mother hen. And off she ran.
"Honk! Honk! Ho, ho," the gander laughed. "Laugh, Gander. But when it rains, my hat will keep me dry."
Hmmm, the gander thought. And off he ran.
"Meow," the barn cat called down. "You look funny today, Hedgie." "Maybe, but I will be warm in the snow." "Ah ha ..." purred the cat. And off he ran.
"Is that you in a hat, Hedgie?" the farm dog barked.
"Why not? It's very cozy," he said.
Her ears perked up. "Woof! Woof!" And off she ran.
"Oink! Oink!" the mama pig squeled. "What are you up to, Hedgie?"
"Making sure my hat doesn't blow off." "I see," said the mama pig. And off she ran.
"You look ridiculous, Hedgie!" the pony snorted.
"Why? Shouldn't everyone wear a hat in the ice and snow?"
Good idea! the pony thought. And off he ran.
Hedgie just wanted to be alone.
Everyone was laughing at him with this thing on his head.
Even Lisa was running after him. "Stop!" She wanted her sock back.
"Oh, no," Hedgie said. "Now the girl is laughing at me too!"
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