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The Hodgeheg

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When he tries to cross the road he ends up with a bump on his head, which confuses him, and he begins to say everything all jumbled up.

Although he has finally made it across the road, and to the park, he now has another problem; he does not know how to get back. His first attempt results in a bump on the head and Max starts to muddle up his words and loses his direction.It talks about all the do’s and don’ts while crossing the road, and also different types of aiders like lollipop man, traffic lights or zebra crossing. It's a great story for teaching road safety awareness, particularly as all of Max's early attempts to cross the road come so close to ending badly. He wrote a great number of children's books, including The Sheep-Pig (winner of the Guardian Award and filmed as Babe ), Harry's Mad , The Hodgeheg , Martin's Mice , The Invisible Dog, The Queen's Nose and The Crowstarver . I would recommend the book Hodgeheg because it is silly with really funny characters that keep me entertained and make me laugh. Max lives in the garden of 5A with ‘Pa Hedgehog’, ‘Ma Hedgehog’, and his three sisters, ‘Peony Hedgehog’, ‘Penny Hedgehog’ and ‘Petunia Hedgehog’.

Max is helped by a Sparrowhawk who is my favourite character because he is kind and doesn't eat Max. Max is a hedgehog who lives with his family in a nice little home, but it's on the wrong side of the road from the Park where there's a beautiful lily pond and plenty of juicy slugs, worms and snails! Max sets out to find a safe crossing which is proving to be difficult and dangerous, however he's determined not to give up. Uncle B was my favourite character because he was saying nice things about people and helping to look after them. Story about two hedgehogs that had babies - Max wanted to be the first hedgehog to cross the road, but he got run over on his head and was saying his sentences the wrong way round.I quite like the Hodgeheg because Max kept trying cross the road but it wasn't the best place to cross if you were a hedgehog so Max tried to find a way. I was surprised when I discovered tHat I didn't remember all that much about the story, but I thought that added to my enjoyment. The length of this chapter-based story also means it is more suited to being an ongoing project children read over a number of weeks, with comprehension, reading with expression, retelling through writing and widening vocabulary being used at different stages as children progress through the book.

In the final lesson in this six-part series, your class will be writing non-chronological reports on hedgehogs, based on the plan they created in the previous lesson. We're told at the beginning of the story that his Auntie Betty has been killed crossing the road and that the roads are becoming more dangerous for hedgehogs. Using this Extracting Information KS1 Lesson Pack, inspired by Dick King-Smith's 'The Hodgeheg', children will briefly summarise the story and discuss what they already know about hedgehogs. Max is a hedgehog who lives with his family, but their house is on the wrong side of the road from the park where there is a beautiful lily pond and plenty of juicy slugs! There are not many pictures in the book, but the text engages the reader and is simplistic enough that younger children in Key Stage 1 would enjoy it if it was being read aloud to them.Born in Gloucestershire in 1922, Dick King-Smith grew up surrounded by pets and knew from a young age that he wanted to be a farmer. Max is a young hedgehog who wants to go to the park with his family because it is known for it's good hunting. Yoto says: Follow Max's journey from hedgehog to hodgeheg in this collection of stories from Dick King-Smith.

The illustrative language and use of adjectives is very helpful for children to extend how they describe things and to think about things from a different perspectives. Now, obviously, it's a really simple and quick read -- though at least I think there are no plot holes. The Hodgeheg is an enduring classic perfect for animal-loving children, while also providing an accessible and engaging story for children just beginning to branch out in their reading – great to read alone or read aloud with parents!Firstly, children will look at how using a range of sentence openers can encourage the reader to want to find out more about the subject. In addition to a valuable lesson on road safety, there's another very inspiring message that children can take away from this story. It's anthropomorphic, though written as if the narrator is a part of the hedgehogs' world, rather than the humans' world.

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