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Storytelling Tips with 'A Little Bit of Winter' by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Updated: Sep 17, 2021




About the book


A delightful story celebrating friendship.

It's nearly winter and time for Hedgehog's annual sleep.


Rabbit is anxious at the thought of the long, cold months without his friend and promises to save Hedgehog a little bit of winter so he can see what it's like when he wakes.


But will forgetful Rabbit remember his promise?



Our thoughts


The beautiful story 'A Little bit of Winter' portrays a genuine friendship between Rabbit and Hedgehog, and a promise Rabbit kept despite his forgetfulness.


A Little bit of Winter by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
A Little bit of Winter

Through the engaging storyline and refined illustration, the beauty of changes in nature was beautifully depicted, alongside a sweet friendship. Despite Rabbit's own weakness, he tried his best to keep a promise towards its best friend, Hedgehog. This book is cleverly written to introduce children to nature and its changes throughout different seasons, while prompting them to think about their understanding of friendship.


Dive deeper into the book with our carefully curated storytelling guide!




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Meet the Authors!

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Paul Stewart (Left) and Chris Riddell (Right)

Born in London, Paul Stewart was a highly regarded author of books for young readers - everything from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. His first book was published in 1988 and he has since worked for a number of publishers and had over fifty titles published.


Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist whose distinctive line drawings, with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements are familiar to both children and adults. In addition to his children's book works, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist, whose work appears regularly in UK newspapers the Observer and the Guardian, as well as The Literary Review and The New Statesman.


(Source: overeading4kids.co.uk)



 

Storytelling with Rabbit and Hedgehog



As adults, it is best to support children through prompting questions as you read the book together with your child. Through questions and interaction, children participate in the storytelling session and this sparks their interest to explore more stories and books!


Below are some suggested storytelling prompts that you might find useful:

Elmer David McKee Storytelling Guide

Rabbit and Hedgehog were having a casual chat about the upcoming season - Winter. Rabbit will sure miss its dear friend - Hedgehog. But it was simply not otherwise, as Hedgehog will be hibernating.


Some questions you can ask to prompt children thinking:

  • Why would Hedgehog not miss Rabbit?

  • How long do you think will Hedgehog be asleep / hibernating?

  • Do you think you can miss friends when you are asleep?


 
Elmer David McKee Storytelling Guide

Hedgehog longed to see and experience winter, but he was always asleep during the season! So he asked for a little favour from Rabbit to save him a little bit of Winter since Rabbit would be awake throughout winter.


Some questions you can ask to prompt children thinking:

  • Will forgetful Rabbit remember to keep his promise?

  • How do you think Rabbit will save winter for Hedgehog?


 
Elmer David McKee Storytelling Guide


Rabbit almost forgot about the promise, but thanks to the message written on the tree by Hedgehog! So Rabbit tried his best to save some winter for Hedgehog.


Some questions you can ask to prompt children thinking:

  • Why do you think some parts of the message was missing?

  • Will the snow be kept safe with leaves and underground?

  • How would you save a little bit of winter if you were Rabbit?


 
Elmer David McKee Storytelling Guide


At last, Hedgehog finally saw and touched 'winter'! Rabbit's sincerity paid off in the end. What a sweet friendship indeed!


Some questions you can ask to prompt children thinking:

  • Why did the snow become so tiny?

  • How do you think Hedgehog felt when Rabbit kept the promise and saved some 'winter' for him?

  • Do you have a friend that you miss? How does it feel to miss someone?


 


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A Little bit of Winter by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

A delightful story celebrating friendship.

It's nearly winter and time for Hedgehog's annual sleep.


Rabbit is anxious at the thought of the long, cold months without his friend and promises to save Hedgehog a little bit of winter so he can see what it's like when he wakes.


But will forgetful Rabbit remember his promise?


Check out 'A Little bit of Winter' on the Me Books App!


 

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