Hedgehugs Hopping Hot by Lucy Tapper and Steve Wilson is the third book in the utterly adorable Hedgehugs series.
Horace and Hattie are the best of friends and they loved spending time together, playing with the autumn leaves, searching for treasure and building pebble towers. One of their favourite games to play was hopping and on one very sunny day they were having fun hopping with their friend grasshopper, but it was way too hot.
They look for ways to keep cool while still hopping, under a mushroom, in the pool, covered in mud and even under a rock, but nothing seemed to be just right. While these ideas might work for their other animal friends, they are not right for the two little hopping hedgehogs. Finally, after tumbling out of a tree (another possible way of keeping cool), they discover the perfect solution, their very own shade umbrellas.
This is a delightful story of friendship and problem solving. Horace and Hattie work together, trying a variety of different solutions that seem to work for other animals, but never quite seem right for them. With perseverance they manage to finally find the perfect solution for them.
Hedgehugs Hopping Hot is lovely to read aloud and as you will soon find out from our craft activity below, it also lends itself perfectly to a retelling via a puppet show! The illustrations are adorable and thoroughly capture the hopping antics of the two little hedgehogs. I adore the patterns included within the illustrations and my daughter told me she loved the patterned heart shaped flowers. A charming picture book that certainly captured our imaginations.
Title: Hedgehugs Hopping Hot
Author: Lucy Tapper and Steve Wilson
Illustrator: Lucy Tapper
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing
Publication Date: January 2016
My daughter loves making puppets and putting on a show for us, so we decided to retell the story with our own little versions of Hattie and Horace.
I traced the hedgehogs from the cover illustration for the kids and photocopied it so we could all have a set. We all then got busy colouring in our little hedgehogs. We then cut them out and attached a craft stick to the back to turn them into hopping hedgehog puppets.
We then pulled out our much loved puppet theatre, which we gave to my daughter two years ago for Christmas. Then the show began! The kids took it in turns to retell the story using their puppets and then all the Horace and Hatties were on stage having a delightfully hopping time.
We love our puppet theatre but the yellow backdrop isn't so great for photos, but you can certainly see our little puppets hopping around having fun.
You can check out the Hedgehugs website for colouring pages and other fun.
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