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A little bit of winter
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 1999, c1998.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : color illustrations.
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Before going off to hibernate, Hedgehog asks his friend Rabbit to save a little bit of winter for him, so he can see what it's like.


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Rabbit and Hedgehog are very good friends, although they don't have much in common. When the winter comes, Hedgehog must hibernate, but he asks his friend to save a little bit of winter for him. Rabbit decides to save a big ball of snow for his friend, but when the spring comes, only a tiny bit is left. Still, Hedgehog is grateful for his friend's thoughtfulness. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Every year just before winter arrives, Hedgehog settles down for a long nap. Wondering what that season is really like, he enlists Rabbit to save "a little bit" of it for him. Rabbit agrees to help but is forgetful. Midwinter, Rabbit comes across a message inscribed on the bark of a tree reminding him of the request and comes up with an ingenious way to preserve a piece of winter for his appreciative friend. Children will laugh at the animals as they toss zippy dialogue back and forth as real friends do. Riddell alternates full-color and white backgrounds and full-page and spot illustrations effectively. The facial expressions and comic mannerisms of the creatures will allow youngsters plenty of opportunities to surmise how the story is progressing while the endpapers and illustrations echo the seasonal changes beginning in the throes of winter and ending in the lushness of spring.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, formerly at Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Of this tale of two animal friends, one who hibernates and one who doesn't, PW wrote, "Stewart handily employs spare sentences and snappy dialogue, and the emotional connection between Rabbit and Hedgehog emits warmth and wit." Ages 3-7. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Rabbit will miss Hedgehog over the winter. Hedgehog, who won't miss Rabbit because he'll be asleep, wants to know what winter feels like--if only forgetful Rabbit can remember to save some winter for him. When spring finally reunites them, Rabbit and Hedgehog share a little bit of winter and pick right up where they left off in the fall. Expressive illustrations capture the warm friendship at the heart of this lightly humorous story. From HORN BOOK Fall 1999, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. As Hedgehog prepares to hibernate, he asks his dear friend Rabbit to save him a bit of winter so that when he awakens, he'll know what he's missed. It's a tough winter for Rabbit, lonely, hungry and cold, but he makes a huge snowball and covers it with leaves to save for his friend. When Hedgehog wakes up, he hugs Rabbit, then unwraps the now tiny snowball and discovers what winter looks like, smells like, and feels like. Riddell's engaging line drawings, washed with watercolors in woodland hues, lovingly define the story's characters and gentle humor. Preschool teachers looking for winter stories will find this pleasing picture book a good choice for reading aloud or for acting out in the classroom. --Carolyn Phelan