Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar

illus. by Lucy Tapper. 32p. Holt. Dec. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781627794145.
PreS-Gr 2—Horace and Hattie, the endearing hedgehogs from Hedgehugs, are back. While the best friends are out adventuring, they watch a caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly. After careful observation, they get the idea to eat tons and nap in a soft and silky bed, hoping that they, too, will awaken as colorful and wonderful as the butterfly. So after much munching and crunching, the two make a bed of flowers to nestle into and fall asleep. When they awaken, they question whether they have changed. Tapper's adorable artwork is a perfect complement to the simple text.
VERDICT While perhaps not a must-purchase, this appealing read-aloud addresses both metamorphosis and how we can all be colorful and wonderful in our own ways.

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