Helping Herbie Hedgehog
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Category: Animals & Pets
Author: Melissa Abramovitz www.melissaabramovitz.com
Artist: Robert Lee Beers
Print ISBN: 9781616336127; 1616336129
eBook ISBN: 9781616336134; 1616336137

Herbie has places to go and things to do.
But he needs some help ‘cause he hasn’t a clue!
If you’ll help Herbie decide what’s right and wrong
He’ll be busy and happy the whole day long!
Herbie the clueless hedgehog needs help figuring out how to get places and go about his day. Amusing delightful rhymes invite kids to give helpful advice while learning about everyday things.
Early Chapter book.

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"Herbie is a friendly faced hedgehog that needs help deciding how, when and where to do things throughout his day. Here is an excellent story for teaching reading comprehension. Children who can't yet read will enjoy interacting with their parent as they are presented with Herbie's silly questions. Older readers will strive to accurately read Herbie's predicaments, so that they can find the humor in each page too. As a chapter book, this story allows for those little reading rests that newer readers need. Every page has a large neatly draw friendly picture of Herbie in his newest dilemma. This educational story in rhyme is written for children ages 2-7 years."~Reviewed by Heather Tietz on her Chino Hills, CA community blog www.chinohillskids.net/PRESCHOOLS.html  
 
"Helping Herbie Hedgehog is a great sharing and discussion book for reader and listener. I found each chapter to be a thought provoking story in itself.
There is so much room for discussing and decision making in each chapter. How will a young child answer the questions to help Herbie Hedgehog?
When this book is passed on to the beginning reader, they will be able to make quick decisions as they read along. Again, read each chapter as if it were a book, then say, “I’m reading chapter books!"~Reviewed by Mona Pease
 
"I really liked this book! I truly liked it because it is a fun picture book or early chapter book for children of ages two to seven. This book can be a read aloud book, or it can be an independent reader. Herbie takes the reader along on an unforgettable journey. From the catchy title, colorful cover, to the last page, readers will definitely be engaged. Each chapter starts with a new concept, accompanied with an illustration. Then follows two pages of fascinating rhymes, sometimes ending with a question. This book greatly encourages reading fluency and thinking skills."~reveiwer Sharon Blumberg
 
“Helping Herbie Hedgehog,” an easy reader chapter book by Melissa Abramovitz and illustrated by Robert Lee Beers, is a great fun adventure. As he goes on his travels and about his daily life, Ms. Abramovitz has put Herbie in many silly situations requiring a choice or a decision. Then asks the reader what should Herbie do? The artwork by Robert Lee Beers is clever, amusing, and adds to the fun of the story. The illustrations almost make hedgehogs seem cuddly, cute, if a little clueless. This will be a great story for a read aloud. I expect lots of giggles and laughter as the children enjoy Herbie’s funny choices. ~Reviewed by: Penelope Anne Cole Award Winning Author

"I just love hedgehogs. They are so cute. And even though they are described as being spiny, they look so much more cuddly than porcupines. That’s why In this clever rhymed picture book, Melissa presents Herbie with a series of choices. The young reader is given the job of helping Herbie choose the right thing. If the wrong thing is selected, Herbie might end up looking foolish. For instance, should he choose a tutu and ballet shoes to go jogging or sweat pants and track shoes? The young reader will know the answer. Herbie might go hungry if he looks for spaghetti hanging from a tree. And he would surely make a mess if he tried to cook stew on the TV set. “Or is using the stove a better bet?” The artist, Robert Lee Beers, has illustrated Herbie to look like a cheerful little fellow who is a bit confused, but wants to know what the right thing to do is. This book is recommended for children 6-8 and as a read aloud for younger children.~ Reviewed by Barbara Bockman on Stories A La Mode

“Helping Herbie Hedgehog,” an easy reader chapter book by Melissa Abramovitz and illustrated by Robert Lee Beers, is a great fun adventure. As he goes on his travels and about his daily life, Ms. Abramovitz has put Herbie in many silly situations requiring a choice or a decision. Then asks the reader what should Herbie do? The artwork by Robert Lee Beers is clever, amusing, and adds to the fun of the story. Beers’s illustrations almost make hedgehogs seem cuddly and cute, if a little clueless. This will be a perfect story for a class or home read aloud. I expect lots of giggles and laughter as the children enjoy Herbie’s funny choices. Highly recommended for ages 5 through 8, and younger children will also enjoy it as a read aloud, since they can follow the action in the illustrations."~Reviewed by: Penelope Anne Cole- Award Winning Author of Magical Mathtew, Magical Me, Mágico Mateo (Spanish).

"The first thing I noticed about this book was the colorful cover by illustrator Robert Lee Beers. It fits the book perfectly because the story by Melissa Abramovitz is colorful, too. The book is divided into chapters, but each chapter is only two pages long without too much text on each illustrated page. Kids as young as two years old will enjoy hearing the story and Helping Herbie Hedgehog decide between silly choices and a sensible ones. It will make them feel smart. I can imagine little ones giggling as the book is read to them, and they might even learn to appreciate practical things in their own lives. This book would make a good bedtime story."~Posted by Janet Ann Collins http://onwordsblog.blogspot.com

"I have never been one to judge a book by its cover, but today is the day my approach has changed. The ingenious cover with Herbie Hedgehog front and center amongst his toys is certainly intriguing. The reader will squeal with delight as they take the hysterical journey with Herbie Hedgehog. With good intentions throughout his day, Herbie Hedgehog makes silly choices along the way with each task. Will he accomplish what he sets out to do or will his day end with chaos? Come along on the silliest of adventures through children’s author, Melissa Abramovitz master storytelling in rhyme and clever technique of teaching children how to think analytically. I cannot say enough about Robert Lee Beers’ illustrations…remarkable, clever, funny, vibrant and unique. The author and illustrator have created a go to book for years to come and one that will not soon be forgotten." Reviewed by Donna M. McDine, Multi Award-winning Children's Author Website: www.donnamcdine.com Blog: www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com


"Herbie needs some help—can you do it? Helping Herbie Hedgehog is a fun, rhyming read. As Herbie goes about his routines, kids will laugh at the silly selections author Melissa Abramovitz cooks up for Herbie, and they will enjoy choosing the right ones for him, encouraging interaction: “Herbie is planning a journey through the snow. Would a submarine be the best way to go?” The cute illustrations add to the humor of the story, showing the reader such things as a spaghetti tree and p.j.’s for going out in the rain. As I read, I couldn't help but think of a quote by Dr. Seuss: “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.” Kids love fun nonsense too, and they will love Helping Herbie Hedgehog."~Reviewed by Erin Liles https://editperfectword.wordpress.com/