Some familiar friends are back, along with fresh takes on favorite songs and nursery rhymes.
The Special Blankie
M. Christina Butler
, illus. by Tina Macnaughton. Good Books
, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56148-682-3
Previously seen in One Winter's Day
and One Snowy Night
, Little Hedgehog looks after his baby cousin, at his mother's request, in this fair-weather outing. Little Hedgehog takes Baby Hedgehog—who carries a red blankie with a velveteen texture—to hunt for bluebells in the airy green fields. The blanket is the cause of some unexpected commotion, but in the end, it saves the day. Though readers might wish for more resolution (Little Hedgehog's mother never reappears) the lighthearted conundrums are engaging. Ages 2–6. (Apr.)