This week’s recommendation is not a Valentine’s Book, but it easily could be. Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper (Henry Holt and Company, 2015) gives the reader a heavy dose of cuteness and love. Hattie and Horace, two adorable hedgehogs, are best friends. One day they come across a caterpillar egg and embark on a wonder journey very similar to that which young children experience when observing the life cycle of a butterfly. However, Horace and Hattie take their wonder a step further, hoping they too can transform from a caterpillar to a butterfly – a notion that might enter into young minds too*.
I won’t steal the magic of how they try to transform for you. Obviously, hedgehogs can’t turn into butterflies. However, if you’ve ever marveled at nature – whether a grand event, a glimpse of something rare, or the daily happenings in your backyard – I dare say you may agree with me that Horace and Hattie indeed were transformed.
So for this time of year, a time when we’re often feeling a little down, I highly recommend Hudgehugs and the Hattiepillar. It will have you humming, and it just might get you excited about finding some magic of your own.
* My son loved to count the callies on my asclepias in the mornings of our Houston home. When he was three, we moved to Virginia. One day soon after arriving, he told me that he was once an egg in my belly, and then a caterpillar, but that he turned into a butterfly and flew to Virginia.