Product Description Before settling in for his long winter nap, Hedgehog asks his forgetful friend Rabbit to save a little bit of winter for him to share in the spring, but Rabbit finds it hard to keep his promise. From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2-Every year just before winter arrives, Hedgehog settles down for a long nap. Wondering what that season is really like, he enlists Rabbit to save "a little bit" of it for him. Rabbit agrees to help but is forgetful. Midwinter, Rabbit comes across a message inscribed on the bark of a tree reminding him of the request and comes up with an ingenious way to preserve a piece of winter for his appreciative friend. Children will laugh at the animals as they toss zippy dialogue back and forth as real friends do. Riddell alternates full-color and white backgrounds and full-page and spot illustrations effectively. The facial expressions and comic mannerisms of the creatures will allow youngsters plenty of opportunities to surmise how the story is progressing while the endpapers and illustrations echo the seasonal changes beginning in the throes of winter and ending in the lushness of spring. Lisa Gangemi Krapp, formerly at Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review "Expressive illustrations capture the warm friendship at the heart of this lightly humorous story." -- The Horn Book About the Author Paul Stewart has written many novels and short stories for both children and adults. The Birthday Presents is his second picture book about Rabbit and Hedgehog. He lives in Brighton, England, with his wife, Julie, and his two children, Joseph and Anna.