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The New Arrival
by Vanya Nastanlieva
AGES: 4 to 8
SIZE: 8.25 x 9
PRICES: Hardcover: $16.95 U.S., higher in Canada
Paperback: $8.99 U.S., higher in Canada
HARDCOVER: 9781927018132
PAPERBACK: 9781772290097

"A beautifully illustrated, touching story about a small hedgehog, Sam, who has to venture out, as all hedgehogs do, and find a home for himself. He soon finds himself a lovely new place to live in the forest but there is one important thing missing--friends. Will the other animals of the forest like him? Will he be accepted? Will he make friends? Sam sets out to explore the forest and endeavour to find friends. His exploits will entertain all young children who will be able to relate to the need and feelings he experiences. 


The worries Sam has are echoed by most children as they are about to start nursery or school and also by those who have to change schools frequently, sometimes mid-year, which is becoming increasingly common in today's society. With its heart-warming end, this story will help to prepare young children for that first day anywhere. The charming traditional illustrations with the cheeky woodland creatures making witty remarks will bring a smile to anyone's face. It is a perfect story to share with younger children at home and at school and to give to slightly older chidlren to read independently as they seek reassurance."

~ School Library Journal


"When Sam, a little hedgehog, moves into a tree in a new woodland, all that he is missing is companionship—a quandary he eventually tries to resolve by putting up signs on trees: “Wanted: A Friend. Hedgehog at the Hollow Tree.” Nastanlieva keeps readers in the know as rabbits, squirrels, and other animals secretly observe the hedgehog (“What’s he doing?” wonders a rabbit). When strong winds blow away both Sam’s notes and his quills, which he used to tack the notes to the trees, he falls into despair (“With no notes and no quills, I will never find a friend”), but a surprise welcome party signals mission accomplished. Nastanlieva’s illustrations combine autumnal honey and pea green shades with forceful pencil lines that evoke strong winds, rough bark, and scraggly undergrowth. The forest atmosphere, charming details (Sam shows up with his belongings in a traveler’s bindle), and tender formality of Nastanlieva’s introduction to the story—“When you are a little hedgehog, even a few weeks old, you must find your own place to live”—happily call to mind the Hundred Acre Wood. "

Publisher's Weekly


"An awfully sweet-looking baby hedgehog named Sam is in search of his forever home. He finds one—it’s a good one, too—in the hollow of a tree. The problem? He is lonely. Yes, the searching-for-friends theme is a common one in picture books, but Nastanlieva’s sketchy illustrations are the very definition of lovable, as they depict the hedgehog seesawing alone (on the other end, rather pitifully, is a strawberry) and hunting for a friend. He sets off in the rain with a leaf umbrella, and kids will notice that he is followed by a wide range of woodland folk, all of whom seem like good friend candidates. After a bit, Sam decides to post notices reading “Wanted: A Friend. Hedgehog at the Hollow Tree,” using his quills to tack them to trees. Soon, not only is he still friendless, he is bald to boot... Cute animals abound, and full-circle moments (Sam seesaws with a rabbit in the end) make for a warmhearted story."
~Booklist, Ann Kelley