Hans My Hedgehog

A Tale from the Brothers Grimm

By Kate Coombs; Brothers Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416915331, 1pp.)

Publication Date: January 24, 2012

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Description

A classic tale of love and acceptance from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully rendered in this magical retelling.

Hans is an unusual boy. Born a hedgehog from the waist up, he knows what it’s like to truly be an outcast. Even his amazing fiddle playing can’t help him fit in. So Hans flees to the forest with his herd of loyal pigs and only his music to keep him company. But then a most unusual thing happens: When Hans crosses paths with two kings with two lovely daughters, his luck starts to change. Will this lonely soul find true love after all?

This lively and lyrical retelling of the classic Grimm’s tale, paired with lush, detailed illustrations, reminds us of the power of music, the importance of belonging, and the transformative effect of love.




About the Author
Kate Coombs has written six previous books for children, including the award winning poetry collection Water Sings Blue. A former teacher of every grade from kindergarten through college, Kate lives in Utah, where she is curriculum director for Gibbs Smith Education.



Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) and his brother, Jacob, are most famous for their classical collections of folk songs and folktales, especially "Children's and Household Tales", which is generally known as "Grimm's Fairy Tales".
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