Title: Darling Hedgehog Goes Down a Foxhole
Author: Auralee Arkinsly
Illustrator: Julia Swezy
Publisher: Capture Books
“We’ve each learned a lesson about the nature of things … Not every stranger can be a friend,” the little critter is told by her father in Auralee Arkinsly’s children’s book, Darling Hedgehog Goes Down a Foxhole.
~ What ~
This numbered forty-four-page paperback targets four to nine-year-old children who like stories about animals and befriending strangers. Being a three-chapter book, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Colorful but rudimentary illustrations are on each page.
In this short tale, a little hedgehog named Darling wakes up to find her parents missing so goes on a search to find them. When she falls down a hole and meets a fox, she tries all she can to friend the animal by helping out or doing exactly what it says. Only when the small spiny animal finds her parents in a precarious position does she realize that friendships may have the wrong intentions.
~ Why ~
This is a story about an innocent, naive creature who is beguiled by a fox for ulterior motives. The chapters are short and direct; the illustrations are easy to understand without providing too much detail.
~ Why Not ~
Children who are leary of strangers may become more fearful of them as the learn what intentions the fox has for the hedgehog. Some may get scared when it is discovered that the fox captures and imprisons small animals, later planning to eat them.
~ Wish ~
With this being a discouraging book about a fox tricking a hedgehog into doing what it wants, it did not address how the little animal easily forgot about its parents and never considered freeing the other imprisoned animals. Although the writer’s purpose may have been to be careful of strangers by stating not everyone can be a friend, it may establish insecurity and fear in trusting others.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a kid’s book that is about a hedgehog learning to be cautious when meeting strangers, this may work, but I think it could potentially frighten some children.
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