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Hedgehog has to go away—for five long days—and Mouse has to stay at home alone. How they will miss each other! In alternating scenes, Hedgehog and Mouse count down the days, always thinking of their absent friend.
Five days until I see my mouse. Today I went to the beach where I found a seashell. I'm going to bring it home to my mouse.
Five more days until I'll see my hedgehog again. Every night at eight o'clock, I look at the bright star to the left of the moon. And then we think about each other.
But on the day of their reunion a misunderstanding finds them both all alone at the train station. Did Hedgehog decide not to return? Has Mouse forgotten him? Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder in this sweet story.
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Moritz Petz was born in Munich, Germany, and now lives in southern Germany where he is active in street and puppet theater. His books for North-South are Mona the Monster Girl and The Bad Mood!From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1–Hedgehog and Mouse declare how much they miss one another during Hedgehog's five-day vacation at the shore. He thinks of her each day, and they exchange letters. He meets others on his trip, but soon realizes that he could never find as good a friend as Mouse. She thinks, Three days left until Hedgehog comes home. Full-bleed color illustrations face pages of text and a smaller picture. The tender artwork serves to move the story along to the penultimate spread, at the train station. Children can look for Hedgehog, who is partially obscured in one part of the scene, while Mouse searches in another corner. As the page is turned, readers are reassured that the friends find one another. In addition, young readers can practice counting back down from the five vacation days each time the story is repeated. Use this simple story with children who might be missing someone to give them the reassurance that the anticipated day will indeed arrive.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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