Read this delightful excerpt from Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole by Auralee Arkinsly, Illustrated by Julia Swezy (Excerpt, Review & #Giveaway) #childrensbook #DHFPrism @prismbooktours @capturebooks

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Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole
By Auralee Arkinsly
Illustrated by Julia Swezy
Children's Chapter Book
Paperback & ebook, 44 Pages
August 8, 2019 by Capture Books


Darling Hedgehog goes on an adventure to look for her parents who dropped out of sight. 

Darling Hedgehog learns about the animal nature of things in high humor and carefree, cute, and winning episodes. Learn about opposites, homophones, and similes as two animals in nature roll into fantasy land. 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.

Darling and Miss Fox come to life as Darling introduces herself to the strange animal who is Miss Fox. Miss Fox gives her gifts so that Darling is distracted from her mission. The two animals look for things to do together in fantastical attempts to be friendly. When Darling enters Miss Fox's kitchen, she realizes that by nature, not all strangers are good for you. Will Darling save the day when it's already dinner time?

Pictures similar to Charlotte's Web and 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, and flee from crafty foxes especially when they are holding your parents in the pantry.

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My Review

DARLING HEDGEHOG: GOES DOWN A FOXHOLE is a delightful book about a hedgehog who finds herself in a bit of a precarious position. She's just not quite sure if she should trust the fox and isn't with her parents, so she's without their protection. The story is sweet with simple illustrations that are reminiscent of Richard Scarry's books. It's a quick read to teach children to be wary of strangers, but also a few other lessons, and should be a starting point for discussion. 

I rather enjoyed this story. It's very easy to read and the illustrations are cute. My daughter enjoyed reading it with me, and it was a good opportunity to talk about strangers with her. I did need to explain some things to her, but I've always preferred books to give me a starting point and help my kids ask questions so I can do the teaching.

In the end, was it what I wished for? A sweet book to read with younger children, easy enough for first-grade readers, but would be worth reading through fourth grade for a quick read.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Auralee Arkinsly writes in good humor about serious subjects because kids of all ages can learn a lot from laughing. Since opposites exist, she believes children can learn to identify the nature of things and get out of a risky situation. "Good Laughter sparks the mind." She reckons if she can save some from the bumps and bruises, then she has done a good day's work.

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