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Title:
The happy hedgehog
Author:
Pfister, Marcus.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Glückliche Mischka. English
Publication Information:
New York : North-South Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Summary:
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.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 360 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 40609.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 2 Quiz: 23543 Guided reading level: N.
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ISBN:
9780735811652

9780735811645
Format :
Book

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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.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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