Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Hedgie's Surprise (c. 2000) remains my favorite of all of Jan Brett's elaborately illustrated tales. I know, that's saying a lot! I encourage you to put me to the test, especially if you've never read this title before. Hedgie holds a unique charm of intricate needle-pointed boarders, framing Brett's trademark Scandinavian settings, detailed in watercolor illustrations. And what's more, it's a perfect tale for spring.
Poor Henny hen quickly tires of Tomten elf stealing her eggs for his breakfast. Insult adds to injury when she sees Goosey-Goosey out with her brood of goslings. The kids and I just love the humorous and satisfactory ending of Henny's tale, thanks, of course, to Hedgie's clever strategy. Read Jan Brett's notes outlining her inspirations for Hedgie's Surprise here: http://www.janbrett.com/newsnotes/hedgies_surprise_newsnotes.htm.
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