Hans My Hedgehog by Brothers Grimm
A Tale from the Brothers Grimm

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A classic tale of love and acceptance from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully rendered in this magical retelling, now with an audio recording.

Hans is an unusual boy. Born a hedgehog from the waist up, he knows what it’s like to truly be an outcast. Even his amazing fiddle playing can’t help him fit in. So Hans flees to the forest with his herd of loyal pigs and only his music to keep him company. But then a most unusual thing happens: When Hans crosses paths with two kings with two lovely daughters, his luck starts to change. Will this lonely soul find true love after all?

This lively and lyrical retelling of the classic Grimm’s tale, paired with lush, detailed illustrations, reminds us of the power of music, the importance of belonging, and the transformative effect of love.
 

About Brothers Grimm

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Kate Coombs is the author of The Secret-Keeper. She has worked as an editor and as an English composition teacher at various colleges in Chicago and Los Angeles. She currently teaches in Los Angeles, where she lives.John Nickle is the illustrator of Things That Are Most in the World and Never Take a Giraffe to the Movies, both written by Judi Barrett. He is also the author and illustrator of Alphabet Explosion and The Ant Bully. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Hans, half hedgehog and half human, lives as a hermit, deep in a forest with a rooster steed and an entourage of pigs, happily playing his fiddle, until two kings make promises that send him looking for his just reward: a princess.

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“While some purists might object to the many liberties Ms. Coombs takes in her retelling, most readers will rejoice at this lilting transformation of a too-grim tale.”

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Project MUSE

A farmer and his wife, long childless, welcome a child into the world who is half human and half hedgehog and name him Hans My Hedgehog.

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Book Aunt

That sounds like it's rather up my alley...I'll look for it!.

Nov 08 2009 | Read Full Review of Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from...

Book Aunt

I like that the author didn't feel a need to rush the novel it moved at a nice easy pace.

Sep 20 2009 | Read Full Review of Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from...

Book Aunt

Here via Charlotte (at Charlotte's Library);

May 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from...

Book Aunt

I went out and bought this one, and haven't had time to read it yet woe.

Jul 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from...

Book Aunt

I'm coming to this late, but I want to add another book I thought you might enjoy: The Witch Family, by Eleanor Estes.When I was growing up, I loved books about witches, especially ones with witch children.

Oct 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from...

Book Aunt

I, of course, had a hard time loving Charlotte's Web because the spider jokes got old very very fast.I think Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (an honor book) has tons of kid appeal...I'm looking forward to its sequel lots.

Aug 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from...

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