Official Review: How Teddy Hedgehog Found His Heart

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Official Review: How Teddy Hedgehog Found His Heart

Post by Juliana_Isabella » 07 Jul 2019, 19:38

[Following is an official review of "How Teddy Hedgehog Found His Heart" by Donna Rae Taylor.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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How Teddy Hedgehog Found His Heart by Donna Rae Taylor is a children’s book about a young hedgehog who has a dangerous experience that teaches him to be grateful for his family and responsible for himself. Teddy never wanted to listen to his mother’s lessons about hiding from predators like Fox and Wolf, but, when he finds himself alone in the woods, he realizes that those lessons are going to save his life.

I like that this book explores the frustration that adolescents go through when growing up. Teddy is a relatable character who struggles when his parents expect him to be more responsible than his younger siblings. Children should be able to empathize with his emotions and learn from his experiences.

I also enjoyed that the illustrations in the book were drawn by hand. The author brings each character to life and gives the animals human-like clothing and expressions. My only complaint with the illustrations is that they should feature the characters more prominently. Currently, the characters are very small in comparison with their surroundings. Making them bigger would help kids connect with Teddy and his friends and family.

The story teaches useful lessons about family and responsibility. Teddy has to remember the lessons his mother taught him and depend on friends to make his way home safely. Without giving spoilers, I’ll say that the book wraps up more quickly than I expected and that the ending gets very unrealistic very quickly. The author also introduces two new characters in one page and doesn’t include them in the illustration or dialogue, which was confusing for me.

Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I appreciate that the author has made her protagonist relatable and included useful lessons for children, but the ending and the many grammatical errors I found forced me to remove one star. This book is suitable for children ages 4 to 10, but younger children may need a parent to read them the book.

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Post by Dee_218 » 08 Jul 2019, 12:15

Thank you for a wonderful review. Sounds like the book challenges and sparks ones imagination.

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Post by kandscreeley » 08 Jul 2019, 12:16

I love hedgehogs. They are so cute. So I'm glad to see a children's story that features them. Seems like it has a great message, too. Thanks.
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Post by Magnify3 » 08 Jul 2019, 14:12

I also think hedgehogs are cute. I like the book's message too. It is a pity about the grammatical errors and small pictures. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Shadiid » 08 Jul 2019, 20:59

This book communicates a very important message to children. Children will definitely enjoy it because the characters are relatable so as the experiences.

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Post by Bhaskins » 09 Jul 2019, 14:37

As a therapist for kids I’m always looking to add new books to my collection. The adorable little hedgehog on the cover caught my eye. It sounds like even if not the worlds best book, helpful lessons can be learned. Maybe one I should add to the collection!
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Post by kdstrack » 09 Jul 2019, 15:19

This reminded me of the age-old complaint of the oldest sibling: "Why do I have to set the example?" It is adorable that the author used a hedgehog as the main character. I enjoyed your charming review.

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