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The Hodgeheg

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Max is helped by a Sparrowhawk who is my favourite character because he is kind and doesn't eat Max. Despite all of this, Max does not give up and decides that, since humans cross the road during the day, he should try this too. However, the main message of this book is that determination is important if you want to succeed; an important value that all young children should be led to consider. I would also suggest a slight content warning if read to the very young due to the hints of mortality. Still determined to fulfil his mission, Max discovers the best way to cross the road – with the help of the lollipop lady and some careful detective work.

In addition to a valuable lesson on road safety, there's another very inspiring message that children can take away from this story. The illustrative language and use of adjectives is very helpful for children to extend how they describe things and to think about things from a different perspectives. Whilst children enjoy this story, it's length and being largely text-based with fewer illustrations means I would recommend it for use with early Key Stage 2 children. The included slideshow presentation for the teaching input will show them two paragraphs, both containing the same facts but with one being more detailed than the other.So one day he readies himself at the edge of the path and when the man turns green he tries to run across the road. It does stop short if describing deaths but a curious child could well have questions based on the text. The hero of this story is Max (full name: Victor Maximilian St George) a tenacious young hedgehog who sustains a bump to the head which causes him to mix up his words. Your Year 2 children will need to read the information carefully and note down facts that they have learnt. The slides will remind children of the features of a non-chronological report and discuss what they need to include in their plan.

It can be used interactively for children to correct Max's sentences themselves and work out how they should have been pronounced. His first attempt ends in a nasty bump on the head and, when Max tries to speak, he realises his words are all mixed up. Well, I’ll look through each one and pull ones that have deteriorated… Wow, a hedgehog, wow, this is cute!He served in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, spent twenty years as a farmer, and then had a further career as a primary-school teacher. You can't help but grow to love the main character, Max and you end up rooting for him to eventually cross the road. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get enjoyment from what he does. I started to read it to him to calm him down prior to him leaving Nanny’s to go home (always a trial) and he was enthralled.

Perfect for young listeners, this magical collection features one of Dick King-Smith's most-loved stories: The Hodgeheg. Still determined to fulfil his mission, Max discovers the best way to cross the road - with the help of the lollipop lady and some careful detective work .This is a good story of road safety and overcoming obstacles, which I used with year 3 which they enjoyed and were able to access easily as a class with it being read to them. It's anthropomorphic, though written as if the narrator is a part of the hedgehogs' world, rather than the humans' world. I was surprised when I discovered tHat I didn't remember all that much about the story, but I thought that added to my enjoyment. Yoto says: Follow Max's journey from hedgehog to hodgeheg in this collection of stories from Dick King-Smith. Max is a young hedgehog who wants to go to the park with his family because it is known for it's good hunting.

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