Go Home Little One
words & pictures, 2015
32pp., hbk., RRP $22.99
Winter is almost here and it’s time for Florence and Mrs Hedgehog to get ready for hibernation. But Florence is not keen on having the final feast and snuggling down. She loves spring, summer and autumn but she doesn’t know about winter because she hasn’t seen it. And she’d much rather play with her squirrel friends, Harry and Barry. But when she goes for one last play with them, the trio go deep into the forest unheeding of the warnings of Mrs Rabbit, Mr Badger and Mr Owl. As it starts to snow they build a huge snow squirrel, oblivious to the dangers that is lurking in the trees and as darkness falls they realise they are far from home and are frightened.
Suddenly Mr Fox emerges to greet them, telling them it’s time to eat. They turn and run – but which direction is home?
This is a delightful story from Scottish artist Cate James which captures the adventure perfectly in short bursts of text and distinctive illustrations. Young children will enjoy it immensely as they can see Mr Fox, even though the friends can’t. Great for a young audience wanting something different and a perfect discussion starter about the changing seasons and animals which hibernate.