|Paper sculpture by Canadian artist, Calvin Nicholls [photo source here]|
Hedgehogs were an intricate part of Alice's game of croquet:
"Get to your places!" shouted the Queen in a voice of thunder... and the game began. Alice thought she had never seen such a curious croquet-ground in her life; it was all ridges and furrows; the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingoes, and the soldiers had to double themselves up and to stand on their hands and feet, to make the arches.
|illustration by Sir John Tenniel|
from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
American author/artist Jan Brett's Picture Books:
Have you noticed who's wearing The Hat? Hedgie also shows up in Jan's books The Mitten, and Hedgie's Surprise. Her website has some easy instructions on "How to Draw a Hedgehog".
Hedgehogs often show up in the Redwall Series by Brian Jacques:
These prickly beasts come from all walks of life, from warriors to cooks to riverbeasts. They are typically easy-going and friendly, though a few have been known to become eccentric or insane in old age. Many Hedgehogs come from a clan or tribe, such as the Dillypins or Waterhogs, and it is traditional (though not exclusive) for the cellarkeeper of Redwall Abbey to be a hedgehog. [source: Redwall Wiki]
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Hedgehogs can do laundry.
Well, at least Beatrix Potter's "Mrs. Tiggywinkle" could. (She is probably my favorite hedgehog.)
Water Color Artist, Valerie Greeley...
I'll leave you with this cute little hedgehog, by Valerie Greeley. You can buy the print here from her Etsy shop, Acornmoon. The print is a reproduction of a water color illustration from her children's book, Down the Lane. Another picture book by Valerie featuring hedgehogs is Field Animals. (Both books - though currently out of print - are available on Amazon.)
|Hedgehog, by Valerie Greeley|