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The Hodgeheg

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The complex nature of this longer text-based storybook also makes it ideal to be used to assess and increase children's reading comprehension, both in terms of gaining information directly available from the text and inferring information from what is implied. The Hodgeheg tells the story of Max, a hedgehog who bumps his head after an attempt to cross the road. If your timetable can be flexible, you may stick to time, or you will, like me, overrun and find yourself teaching a poetry unit through guided reading.

Max provides some valuable lessons to young adventurers, but above all it is an inspiring little story about a hedgehog who simply was not willing to give up in his quest, which at times was filled with danger, for a solution to the problem facing hedgehogs.Still determined to fulfil his mission, Max discovers the best way to cross the road - with the help of the lollipop lady and some careful detective work . The children found it particularly enjoyable when Max was getting his words jumbled up and they had to figure out what he was saying.

Onto the book: I loved this book, quite a cute plot: a hedgehog wants to resolve the issue of hedgehogs getting hit while crossing the street. Loved the hedgehog point of view and felt like this was a cross between Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman and Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Follow Max's determined journey to cross the road with the help of the lollipop lady and some careful detective skills.In addition to a valuable lesson on road safety, there's another very inspiring message that children can take away from this story. Max is a hedgehog who lives with his family in a nice little home, but unfortunately on the wrong side of the road from the Park, with its beautiful lily pond, and more importantly its juicy slugs, worms and snails!

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