Age Range: 4 to 7
One Winter’s Day is the story of kind Little Hedgehog who helps his friends during a storm. It is the perfect book to curl up with while the wind is howling outside.
The Story: Little Hedgehog is trying to make his nest for the winter. The wind is very strong and the nest keeps blowing away so he decides to go and stay with Badger until the storm is over. On the way he gives various animals his hat, scarf and mittens and arrives at Badger’s house covered in snow. When the storm is over Badger takes Little Hedgehog home and he finds that his friends have built a special house for him.
One Winter’s Day is a beautifully illustrated touch-and-feel book. Little Hedgehog’s scarf, hat and gloves are brightly coloured and so soft to touch that you can’t help stroking them. Tina McNaughton’s illustrations give lots of scope for talking about weather and her animals are adorable. We love the little mice, especially when they are snuggled up in Little Hedgehog’s hat. The leaves swirling around in the wind give way to snowflakes as the weather worsens and Badger’s warm, welcoming fire has a soporific affect on Little Hedgehog. We love Little Hedgehog’s new nest which includes the hat, scarf and gloves that he lent to his friends.
The longer text in One Winter’s Day makes it ideal to read to older children but it is also simple enough for beginner readers to read. This would be a great story to include in a classroom theme about seasons. It could also be used to stimulate discussions on kindness and giving as Little Hedgehog’s friends repay his kindness by building him a new nest.
Author: M Christina Butler / Illustrator: Tina Macnaughton