It all began one cold winters night.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) was in her bed reading in another room. I her Nana Val and her Grandpa were sitting watching television, when all of a sudden we noticed a movement outside the patio doors.
I rose from my seat and switched on the outside light and there it was again, feeding from the bowl of food Lizzie and Grandpa had put out earlier that evening. Then it moved over to the water bowl with its back to us. I crept out of my seat switched on the outside light and went to fetch Lizzie.
Elisabeth sat for ages watching the Hedgehog feeling until it was time for her to finally go back to her bed to sleep, Lizzie said she was hungry but really wanted to stay up to watch and talk about what she had seen that night.
That was the beginning of ‘Hedgie The Hungry Hedgehog’ story.
Over the next few months the story of the ‘Hedgie’ evolved starting with simple telling to fantastical storyline. Elizabeth’s ideas had helped her Nana Val developed the tale which has now been made into a small book with drawings and photographs. Most of these where completed by Nana Val. The book was eventually finished and sent off to be published ready for Christmas. At the same time Elizabeth’s grandpa decided to make her a toy hedgehog box and we brought some soft hedgehog toys for her to be able play out the story. These objects were then brought in to make up the story.
Elizabeth only read the completed story, which was made for her into a book ready for her Christmas present.