Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Little Grey Rabbit: Fuzzypeg Goes to School by Alison Uttley and Margaret Tempest (Children's, 5 years +, 7 years +, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

original published over 80 years ago!
May 2015, Templar, 48 pages, Hardback, Review copy

 Content: Cuteness, humour

Summary from Amazon (I don't gain anything by mentioning them) 
It's time for Fuzzypeg the hedgehog to start school and he is very excited. He leaves home and heads through the hedgerows to his village school. When Tim and Bill Hedgehog see their cousin Fuzzypeg trotting down the road with his fine new school bag, they want to go to school too. But then they meet Hare and their whole day is turned upside down.

Nayu's thoughts 
There was considerable mental squee-ing when I spotted one of my childhood favourite series' was undergoing reprinting. Little Grey Rabbit is a timeless classic, with good homely values taught through the enchanting tales which are matched with exquisite illustrations which speak volumes of the scene. More than this book is being reprinted, but understandably publishing restrictions meant that so far I've only had this story.

Now, confession time. I always believed Fuzzypeg should be a girl. He doesn't look like a boy in his blue outfit, he looks like a girl, therefore in my head every single story which featured Fuzzypeg had a girl Fuzzypeg who simply liked blue. That didn't change how I viewed Fuzzypeg's reactions to going to school (or Hare's scaring tactics), Fuzzypeg is Fuzzypeg, a young hedgehog who Little Grey Rabbit cares for like she cares for all the children.

Little Grey Rabbit is very much a girl, and I always did – and still do – imagine her having a life of her own, showing children the best way to do things, and being there when they need her. I'm thrilled this timeless read is getting the publicity it deserves, as everyone should read about the cute rabbit who has never drifted from my heart. 

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