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Hedgie's Surprise
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Poor Henny, all she really wants is to be a mother hen and have a bunch of baby chicks, just like her friend Goosey-Goosey. But that is not to be. For every morning, the Tomten comes and takes her newly laid egg for his breakfast. Enter Hedgie, the hedgehog with a clever idea and a few tricks up his proverbial sleeve. Early each morning, before the rooster crows and wakes the Tomten up, Hedgie takes Henny's egg and substitutes something else for it...first an acorn, then a strawberry, a mushroom and then a potato. And each day, the Tomten is left hungry. He becomes so angry that he threatens to eat Henny if she does not leave him an egg for breakfast the next day. Henny is scared and frantic, but Hedgie still has one last surprise left for that mean Tomten and an even bigger surprise for Henny.....Jan Brett, has written a simple, witty Scandinavian folk tale, starring her wonderful and always endearing, Hedgie. Her text is only outdone by her detailed, expressive artwork, complete with signature needlepoint border and clues, stiched in, of what's to come. Young children will be entranced as they listen to this humorous tale while following the illustrations and guessing at the story plot. Hedgie's Surprise makes a terrific gift and is a great addition to all home libraries.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Every morning Henny has her egg stolen by a porrige hating tomten. He steals the egg and cooks it up for his breakfast. Henny puts up with this until one day when she sees Goosey-Goosey swimming with her newly hatched goslings in the pond. Henny longs for a batch of chicks of her own! She begins to weep. Our hero Hedgie hears her crying and offers to help. The next day Hedgie substitutes an acorn for the egg in Henny's nest. The tomten finds it and cooks it up for his breakfast but it does not fill him up. The following days a strawberry, mushroom and then a potato are left for the tomten. They do not fill him up and the tomten threatens to eat Henny if she does not leave him an egg the next day! Hedgie comes up with the perfect plan to rid Henny of the Tomten! The next day the tomten gets the surprise of his life when he comes for the egg! He runs off and learns to enjoy porrige once again! This story is a winner from start to finnish. Jan Brett's beautiful pictures bring this story to life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Henny lays her egg every morning only to have the Tomken eat it for breakfast because he was tired of porridge. Then one day, Henny saw a goose walking with her goslings ~~ that awoken a deep desire in Henny's heart. How she wanted to have little peeps of her own! One day, Hedgie noticed Henny's depression and listened to her friend. Then Hedgie promised to help Henny.
What a clever little story ~~ with Hedgie finding different food for the Tromken to eat! When he threatens to eat Henny if she doesn't lay any more eggs, Hedgie comes up with a not-so-pleasant surprise! And everyone even the Tomken is happy.
The pictures are wonderfully detailed and the story is beautiful. My favorite design of this book is the quilt look of Brett's designs. It's cozy and homey ~~ perfect reading for children of all ages! It is also inspirational as well ~~ her art simply makes you smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Jan Brett is one of my favorite children's story authors and illustrators. Her Scandinavian-inspired illustrations are beautiful, and intricately detailed. It's a very sweet story, although I am wondering if it will make my toddler less inclined to eat eggs for breakfast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
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Just love the author. The illustrator is great! Bought this for the grandchild that I don't even have yet! I did buy several other books by this author as well. As far as the the seller goes, GREAT, no problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
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Jan Brett's books, stories and wonderful art work are always superb! The children loved the book. What made it even better was the fact that some of the youngsters had personal contact with a hedgehog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Her illustrations are so detailed and the stories so good that kids don't even realize they are getting stories about character, sacrifice, thoughtfulness, greed, sorrow, and friendship.
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on September 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Jan Brett has a gift for sweet, captivating stories and absolutely gorgeous illustrations. She is definitely one of our family's favorite author/illustrators. My husband and I have been reading these stories to our 5 and 7 year old boys for a couple years. They are stories we return to at least once a year. Her books are warm, inviting, and make you want to snuggle up under a blanket with a cup of tea or cocoa.

Henny the chicken sees Goosy-Goosy's goslings and yearns for some chicks of her own. But a mischievious young Tomten has been stealing her eggs every morning without asking permission. Hedgie quietly observes the plight of his friend and gently offers to help. Hedgie gathers alternative things for the Tomten to eat, all the while hiding Henny's eggs, but the Tomten never gets full. He finally tells Henny that if she doesn't provide him with some eggs, he will eat her!

After the Tomten gives this ultimatum, Hedgie must take drastic action to help his friend Henny. In the end, the Tomten learns he can no longer steal from Henny, and Henny's problem is resolved with the kind help of her friend Hedgie.

Jan Brett's stories are perfect for light day time reading, or just before bedtime. Her stories are a treat!
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Format: Hardcover
I love everyone of Jan Brett's books! They are always beautifully illustrated and have a wonderful story for children with lots of moral lessons without it seeming like they are lessons. The quality of her books is always tops and children just love them - in fact, most adults do too; myself included! This one involves a mother chicken, a hedgehog and a young boy who is bad and greedy. These points come across very well without "preaching". The artwork is wonderful and really holds the interest of children. Jan Brett is one of my most favorite authors !
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Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
As all the author books, it is a very nice cute book for children. Though, whoever prepared it to be delivered didn't wrap it with a protective plastic coat, so, it got damaged with the rain. When I complained, it was offered to me a new one, with no charge at all, and it was said that it was not necessary to send the bad one back, that I could even donate it. Now, they nare asking me to send it back ???
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