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The Happy Hedgehog Band Paperback – February 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564022722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564022721
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- Harry's drumming is so infectious that he is joined by three other hedgehogs. Soon, the four friends have the woods ``humming and tumming with drumming.'' When all the other animals cry `` `STOP' '' because they want to play too, Harry suggests they use their bodies to clap, click, hum, hoot, and pop. So they do, in two double-page spreads that include printed words of the sound each animal is making. The theme of the joys of making your own music is secondary to Barton's watercolors of the winsome, jubilant musicians. While teachers may find this a good jumping-off point for making music with children, the story lacks rhythm and zing. Bill Staines's All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir (Dutton, 1989) does a better job with the same idea. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Harry Hedgehog makes himself a drum; Helen likes the sound and makes another, as do two more hedgehogs--each drum with its own distinctive sound (``Ratta-tat-tat''; ``BOOM''). The four create an uproar that brings out a slew of other animals, not to complain but to join in. The dependable Waddell's simple, expertly fashioned tale has just a touch of humor and is full of pleasing onomatopoeic words. Rendered in soft pencil and watercolor, Barton's creatures are truly engaging, especially the round-bellied hedgehogs (Helen's prickles are ornamented with cherries), while the festivities occur in an inviting grove of huge trees with trunks of tender green. For an intriguing contrast, pair this light-hearted merriment with Marie Hall Ets's pensive In the Forest (1944). (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Inspired by Harry's enthusiastic drumming and his band's musical merryment, my seventeen-month-old son and I now daily pound out joyous tunes on a collection of old coffee cans and wooden spoons. The repetitive tum-tum-te-tum and diddle-diddle-dum of the hedgehogs' drums moves us to dance, hum, and drum in different ways at every reading. My son loves to match the soothingly rendered animals to their contributed sounds as I ask "Who says 'Pweee', 'chkka chkka', or 'pop pop'?" And what toddler can resist accompanying the resounding BOOM! that ends this tale with his own whack on the can!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa's Elf on December 8, 2011
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We bought this book many years ago to read to our kids when they were little and it was their first choice to read at night for a long time. There is so much to share with the kids and get them involved in the reading process. The pacing, the illustrations, the wording - it's all wonderful!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richman Amitai on February 22, 2006
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I have a 2.5 year old boy who cannot get enough of this book. We have read it to him so many times that he knows every word by heart and can read the book himself. Highlights:

- The text is beautifully written

- The story is simple and easy to follow

- Children like to participate by making the various sounds
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More About the Author

Martin Waddell is the Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner 2004 and two-time Smarties Prize winner. Among his many books for children are the Little Bear and Farmer Duck series. Martin lives in Newcastle in County Down.

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