Reviewed by Louise Totton
We are really lucky where we live – we are able to walk home from school every day through the woods. The problem is that it is so very easy to take for granted what is on your doorstep and forget just how fortunate we are. We can walk through the woods, almost without noticing what is at the end of our noses.
We were, therefore, really pleased to be sent a copy of Woodland Hedgehugs Activity Book to try out. It is written by Steve Wilson and illustrated by Lucy Tapper. My daughters are 7 and 4, so are an ideal age for this book.
The book is A4 sized and paper-backed, making it great to pop into a rucksack as it weighs very little.
The book is really nicely illustrated and contains lots of activities for young children. The illustrations and activities are all based around two hedgehogs, Horace and Hattie. My girls found the pages and activities to be really engaging, and they loved searching out different leaves, colours and sounds.
We have only completed a small amount of the book, mainly because at this time of year, there were no leaves on the trees or many animal tracks around. However, the children were encouraged to search for tracks, we had a discussion about evergreen and deciduous trees and habitats.
The girls completed some tree bark rubbings and commented on the different textures of the bark of different trees. They enjoyed ticking off activities such as hugging a tree and balancing on a log. There are also lots of great looking craft activities in the book and they are really looking forward to making the toilet roll tube animals and doing some leaf printing.
This is a great little book to keep in a handbag and we’ll get more use of of it at different times of the year. It’s reasonable value at £5.99, although I would have thought it was better value had it been under a fiver.
RRP: £5.99 (paperback)
For more information or to buy visit www.maverickbooks.co.uk.