Darling Hedgehog Goes Down a Foxhole looking for her parents, and finds something else entirely! We enjoyed this cute, whimsical story and gorgeous illustrations.
If your child is easily distracted, you will be able to relate to today’s story! I can’t promise they will learn better focus, but I believe you’ll all enjoy the story, and find more than a few conversation starters!
Today’s story is courtesy of Celebrate Lit, and I hope you enjoy it!
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A Book of Wisdom for Kids
Author: Auralee Arkinsly
Genre: Early reader chapter book
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Darling Hedgehog learns about the animal nature of things in high humor and carefree, cute, and winning episodes. This childhood story reads a bit like Aesop’s Fables or a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, for children 4-8 or preschool and kindergarten, as a read-to-me picture book, and first grade and second grade as a chapter book.
Pictures similar to the Mercy Watson series are characterized and painted in full-color, though the pages are set up like a chapter book.
This book helps to train children in natural wisdom, analysis, and discernment. It helps to balance the teachings of acceptance of everyone and friendliness to all. There may be good purposes for everyone to exist under heaven, yet all purposes may not be good for a child. So, beware, be discrete, and flee from crafty foxes especially when they are holding your parents in the pantry.
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About the Author
Auralee Arkinsly writes in good humor about serious subjects because kids of all ages can learn a lot from laughing. She is a strong believer in right and wrong but knows that getting onto the right path can mean falling down a slippery slope. She reckons if she can save some from the bumps and bruises, then she has done her job
More from Auralee
I’m so excited to launch my children’s book, Darling Hedgehog Goes Down a Foxhole with the Celebrate Lit crew! You are a river of hope for a new author. So, here’s the story behind the story.
My friend and fellow author, Kathy Joy, left me a small hedgehog in a tutu as a going away gift on her guest bed after she had been visiting. I put it on the windowsill in my bedroom, and every morning, I would see it when I awoke.
I don’t know if you can relate to this experience, but I often wake up from a good night’s sleep with the gift of a problem being solved. Sometimes, I wake up with a creative idea. Well, one day, I awoke to find that I had the beginnings of a child’s story about where the hedgehog found her tutu.
Initially, it was a simple story about Darling Hedgehog finding a foxy friend who helps Darling find her calling.
I wrote out the story and then asked a talented neighborhood girl if she would like to draw the pictures for the tall tale. Having seen a lot of Julia’s sketches as she grew up, I thought that she might like to know what it felt like to earn money from her talents and at the same time, learn about the process of creating a book with an author to propose to a publishing company. She agreed.
Julia was in ninth grade. She was at the age where she was beginning to think about high school jobs and even to make plans for college and a career.
The same day we wrote out our contract, Julia sent me her first image of what she imagined Darling to look like. It clearly was not a mistake to hire this young artist!
When I awoke another morning, I believed God had given me another bit of advice. I needed to do better research on the nature of hedgehogs and foxes, their habitats and characteristics. The outcome caused the story to take a turn towards intrigue. It became a fable. It became an action-adventure animal story. It became better.
A librarian encouraged us to continue with it no longer as a picture book for very small children but as an early reader chapter book for second graders learning about similes.
I hope that we can teach children to notice facts and objective truth as they are being trained for life. So, I’ve accepted that my child’s fantasy had to grow some legs of gravity and wisdom. I’ve trusted my editors and beta readers that this is true, but I’m not above being told off.
Darling Hedgehog Learns a Few Things
When we first read Darling Hedgehog Goes Down a Foxhole, I went through a range of responses. I guess I’m a suspicious person (at least when I’m reading) because I kept expecting something dramatic and bad to happen.
There is wisdom in searching for your lost parents, but Darling Hedgehog was easily distracted from her mission. There is wisdom for kids in finding out how to discern their particular talents. Maybe when your parents have suddenly gone missing isn’t the best time, but hey, that sly fox is good! Or maybe she just enjoys being liked instead of feared? I don’t know.
Overall, I think Darling Hedgehog has a lot of opportunity for fun. While not explicitly a Christian book, it’s an interesting story, if somewhat fanciful.
Varied Reading Levels
Our first read-through, I read the whole thing, maybe having my barely 1st grader read a word or sentence here and there. But reading it again a couple of months later, he was able to confidently read several pages. I love seeing progress like that!
Our strategy was that I would read 3-4 pages, then he would read one. This works well because he gets braver when he can read from longer books, though they can seem intimidating if he were to try to read the whole thing.
How to Discern a Good Book? Blog Stops!
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A Diva’s Heart, December 11
Girls in White Dresses, December 11
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 12
For Him and My Family, December 12
Older & Smarter?, December 13
Emily Yager, December 13
For the Love of Literature, December 13
Just the Write Escape, December 14
Blogging With Carol, December 14
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 15
Bigreadersite, December 15
janicesbookreviews, December 15
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 16
Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 16
Blossoms and Blessings, December 17
Southern Gal Loves to Read, December 17
A Reader’s Brain, December 17
Aryn The Libraryan ? , December 18
Lights in a Dark World, December 18
Remembrancy, December 19
Inklings and notions, December 19
Lighthouse Academy, December 19 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Live.Love.Read., December 20
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 21
Sara Jane Jacobs, December 21
The Christian Fiction Girl, December 22
Where Crisis & Christ Collide, December 22
Maureen’s Musings, December 23
With a Joyful Noise, December 23
Texas Book-aholic, December 24
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 24
Darling Hedgehog Giveaway
To celebrate her tour, Auralee is giving away the grand prize of a set of Darling Hedgehog greeting cards!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
More Wisdom for Kids
If you’re looking for more wisdom for kids, here are a few of my favorite choices: Hermie and Wormie teach wisdom for kids and parents at the same time! If you’re looking for something to help with growing the faith of a child with great books, then this is the post to check out!
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!