Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Take Time to Appreciate All of the Little Things in Life
A Story for Slowing Down in Our Hurry-Up World
Britta Teckentrup's Big Hedgehog and Little Hedgehog Take an Evening Stroll is a charming picture book and story that is perfect for a bedtime or naptime story. It has a life lesson in taking time to smell the roses in our fast-paced and hurry-up world. Our children are sometimes hurried by their parents to get things done or to get to a destination on time. Children can relate to Little Hedgehog as he wants to stop along the way while out walking with Big Hedgehog and wants to experience the things he sees along the way.
The sun is about to set when Big Hedgehog and Little Hedgehog are out for their evening walk. Big Hedgehog is in a hurry to get home before dark. Little Hedgehog wants to sit and wait until the sun goes down. They sit until the sun is gone and Big Hedgehog really wants to get home before total darkness. They walk a little farthur and Little Hedgehog really wants to wait and see the moon rise. They sit for awhile and the moon finally appears. They encounter some beautiful flowers and Little Hedgehog wants to stop and enjoy the smell of the flowers. Big Hedgehog indulges him and they stop to smell the flowers. Big Hedgehog is becoming very impatient with all of these stops. He is in a hurry because it is very late. Several things catch Little Hedgehog's attention along the way as they are getting closer to home. It's also getting cold and Big Hedgehog is very intent in finally getting home. Little Hedgehog discovers something magical and they sit for awhile to watch this magical thing before Big Hedgehog insists that they move along. One more thing catches Little Hedgehog's attention and he falls asleep while counting the stars. They finally reach home and Little Hedgehog is tucked into bed.
The illustrations for Big Hedgehog and Little Hedgehog Take an Evening Stroll are beautifully done in stunning colors. Each illustration fills the page with details of the scenery that the hedgehogs see as they walk home.
This bedtime story is recommended for ages 4-7. It was published by Prestel Publishing and has an ISBN of 978-3-7913-7519-9.
Stunning Colors in Illustrations Are Engaging
Bring Big and Little Hedgehog Into the Classroom or Add to Your Child's Bookshelf
Teachers who teach in an early childhood classroom will want to bring this charming story into their classroom to use at naptime. I often read a story to my young students before naptime and found that this was an easy segway into nap or rest time for young children. Parents will also want to use this story for easing young children into sleep. Bedtime is often the perfect time to have reading time with young children.
Call attention to the things that Little Hedgehog wants to stop and see on his walk. Why is Big Hedgehog in a hurry? Engage the children in a conversation about the times when they have been hurried along while with their parents. How do they feel when they must hurry?
Provide drawing paper, crayons, and markers for childrren to draw pictures of things in nature that they like to stop and watch for awhile when out on a walk.
Assign a take-home project for students to participate in with their parents at night. Have the parents take their child out for a night walk and make a list of things they see at night while on the walk. Bring the list back to class to share with the class. How many different things did the students see in nature during the night walk?
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