The New Arrival

The New Arrival

Picture Book - 2012
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When a hedgehog named Sam settles into his new home in the forest, there's one important thing missing--will he find new friends there to welcome him?
Publisher: [Vancouver] : Simply Read Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781927018132
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.


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forbesrachel Jul 12, 2014

One day, a young hedgehog sets out to find a new home, he easily finds sufficient shelter and food, but sadly, discovers there is no one around to become friends with. Undeterred, he sets out to find some. He looks in dark places, walks great distances, and even braves the elements, all to no avail. After a mishap, he decides to post some invitations, hoping with all his might that someone will answer. The New Arrival has an old-fashioned look that reminds one of the Wind in the Willows. The artist combines earthy tones, and pencils that detail things like the hedgehogs spikes, and the weather, to form an emotive atmosphere. Between this and the character design we feel genuine emotion throughout. We share the hope and joy of this absolutely adorable hedgehog, and in his lowest moment, spikeless and alone, we feel our hearts go out to him. From the whispers of the hidden animals, it is clear that they are unused to strangers. They are curious, but cautious until they receive the hedgehogs message, and all ends well. After all, home only becomes home once there are loved ones around.


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