Title: Hedgehogs in the HallHedgehogs in the Hall
Author: Ben M. Baglio
Illustrator: Shelagh McNicholas
Pages: 131
Reading Level: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★

Animal Ark.

The Story.

Mandy loves the fall – the crisp weather is wonderful, but even more fun are the bonfires that light up the night with their brightness and warmth. But what’s this? It seems that a hedgehog has made her home in the brush pile! She and her four babies, disoriented by all the noise and excitement, are charging out blindly across the yard towards the street!

Before Mandy can stop them, the mother hedgehog is hit by a car. She is rushed to the Animal Ark where she, along with her four babies, are warmly welcomed and even pampered. They are safe – for now. But how will they fare once released back into the wild?

Discussion.

No special comments to make. Some typical “We have to do everything we can to help the poor helpless hedgehogs!” followed by “They’re wild hedgehogs, not pets! They have to be free to fend for themselves and live natural lives!” I did find it funny that although Mandy is constantly lecturing about putting the comfort and safety of the animal before personal feelings, she agrees to allow Michelle Holmes to pin tiny radio transmitters to the ears of the hedgehogs so that she (Mandy) can keep track of their whereabouts. She doesn’t even ask if this pinning with cause the hedgehogs physical pain or neurological damage. She just dives for it because it will allow the hedgehogs their “freedom” and her the selfish comfort of knowing where they are.

Conclusion. Alright.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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