Hedgie's Surprise

Hedgie's Surprise

by Jan Brett

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Overview

Jan Brett's beloved character Hedgie stars in this charming story about a little Tomten who gets tired of porridge for breakfast and starts stealing Henny's eggs. But Henny wants a brood of chicks and she needs her eggs. With the help of clever Hedgie, she substitutes an acorn, a strawberry, a mushroom and finally a potato in her nest. But nothing stops that Tomten until the little hedgehog hides in Henny's nest: when the Tomten reaches in to get his morning treat, all he gets is a handful of prickles. He runs home for porridge and never comes back again! Intricate needlepoint patterns of Scandinavian designs frame the characters reacting from the borders in this beautiful picture book set in Denmark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399234774
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 166,665
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 10.63(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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."

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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Hedgie's Surprise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
tlelm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book about a hen who wants to have little chick babies. Tomten kept stealing her eggs so he could eat so the hen and hedgehog team up and trick Tomten. He is in for a terrible surprise when he reaches in and pulls the hedgehog out!
RebeccaMichelet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every day a hen would lay her eggs, but only to have them taken away by a young troll. Since she wanted small chicks of her own; she had a hedgehog help her trick the troll into not taking her eggs. Every morning the troll kept looking for the eggs, but instead would find something different each time that did not fill him up. First it was an acorn, and then a strawberry, a mushroom, and a potato. Not even the potato could fill up the troll; so he said if there were no eggs the next morning he would eat the hen instead. The hedgehog then decided to hide, so when morning came the troll would grab the hedgehog instead of an egg. After that the troll would only eat porridge, and the hen's own baby chicks hatched from the eggs the hedgehog hid each morning.
megross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a chicken whose eggs are being stolen by Tomten. The chicken realizes that the eggs could turn into little chickens and wants Tomten to stop stealing the eggs so a hedgehog helps find a way to get Tomten to stop stealing the eggs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not the same old children's story. The story teaches a lesson about how a true friend is there when you need help. This can help a child learn about how to be a good friend and how to accept someone's friendship. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Henny is a speckled hen who lays an egg every morning, and every morning, the Tomten comes to get it for his breakfast. One day,Henny sees Goosey-Goosey with her goslings and she decides she wants some chicks of her own, but she doesn¿t know how to get the Tomten to stop taking her eggs. Hedgie, the hedgehog who lives nearby, decides to help her trick the Tomten so he won¿t keep taking her eggs. I thought this was a very cute book, and the illustrations are beautiful.Jan Brett is a very good children¿s book author and I think this is a very good book.