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Author: Yeh, Kat
A lonely hedgehog sets out on an adventure to find friendship.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 197646
School Library Journal (00/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—Hedgehog overhears some woodland animals who are concerned that he looks lonely and is in need of some friendship. Thinking this is actually a ship, he goes searching in his own vessel to find it. Every time he encounters new animals, he asks if they have seen the "friend ship." No one has, but they want to tag along. Hedgehog gathers new companions on each page as he journeys along. This is a lovely tale about not realizing that the thing you long for is right in front of you. The illustrations are endearing, with muted hues and expressive faces. This title also makes for a fun play on words. The moral of the story and the sweet nature of the narrative make this a standout among books about friendship. VERDICT A strong read-aloud choice for back to school, Valentine's Day, or anytime.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2017 Poor Hedgehog is feeling lonely, but a spark of hope ignites when she overhears some other animals say, “friendship is out there—all she has to do is look.” She immediately sets off to find an actual “Friend Ship.” Young readers will be tickled by the wordplay and Hedgehog’s misunderstanding as she builds her own boat and amasses a crew to join her quest. What she doesn’t realize, but readers will understand, is that she has built a Friend Ship, herself. A motley crew consisting of deer, a polar bear, a rat, an elephant, a beaver, and several other smiling creatures cram the ship and sail through storms and icebergs, disappointment and hope, safe in their camaraderie. While readers giggle at Hedgehog’s inability to see what’s right in front of her, they’ll learn about the parts of a ship, the habitats of some animals, and the cardinal directions. Groenink’s endearing animals, reminiscent of Jon Klassen’s, will draw in youngsters, who will also enjoy knowing a little more than the story’s characters. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.