Hiding Heidi (Fiona Woodcock)

Hello, everyone! Today’s book is Hiding Heidi by Fiona Woodcock, a sweet story about friendship and fairness.

Heidi is, simply put, the best hide-and-seek player ever. She barely even has to try; everywhere she goes, she seems to effortlessly blend in. Her friends are good at the game, but Heidi is GREAT, and always wins. Because of this, she always has her friends play hide-and-seek so she can show off her skills. Unfortunately, this tends to leave her out of group at times; while they’re busy hunting for Heidi, they get to spend more time together. Can Heidi learn to be a better friend and share the spotlight… or rather, step out into it from hiding?

This was a very cute book with a great message: Heidi eventually realizes that it’s wonderful to celebrate what makes you special, but good friends celebrate their friends’ special gifts as well. The conclusion that Heidi shouldn’t dim her shine but instead let her friends shine with her is perfect for teaching children consideration without asking them to limit themselves. The illustrations are very cute, and Heidi’s camouflaging skills make it fun to spot her on each page. The length is fine, and JJ enjoyed this one! Great story about being a supportive friend, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

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