About the Book
Book: Darling Hedgehog Goes Down A Foxhole
Author: Auralee Arkinsly
Genre: Early reader chapter book
Release Date: September 13, 2019
In My Opinion
This book is written for first through third graders and is well done for that age range. The sentences are nice and short, the vocabulary is basic, and the illustrations are adorable, fitting the story well.
Within the technical elements in the story is a cautionary tale about listening to strangers and becoming sidetracked by material things or fun activities. There are some parts of this story that had me scratching my head and I wished they’d either been hammered out a little more or left out of the story entirely.
In fact, it almost seemed like it could have been made into two separate stories: one cautioning children about overly friendly strangers and another that cautions against friends who only take and never give back (although, it is Darling who is the one wanting to do something nice in this particular story).
For me, the illustrations are the bright point in this story, but the involved teacher or parent can expound on this story to extend the discussion of what Darling could or should have done differently.
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