The Hedgehog Who Got Stuck In The Hedgerow

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The hedgehog didn’t mean to spend so long by Jack’s beanstalk, when he came out for a quiet Autumn walk. “I just don’t believe it !. I came to the hedgerow to view the wild flowers, hardly expecting not to leave it for hours !” he cried, as he got stuck, in between the gate in the fence and the path to the brook. The hedgehog felt some tickles, the fleas were jumping on his prickles. As he wriggled, the critter picked up some litter … before long, his prickles were pickled and the birds began to titter. He squirmed a little bit more and in between sharp thorns wormed himself firmly to the floor. Although the hedgehog tried to inch to the edge, he was completely wedged in the hedge. The animals inside the beanstalk all came to watch his groove … little did they realise that the hedgehog couldn’t really move ! The rabbit peeped his nose from out of his burrow, the hedgehog wriggled somemore and made a furrow. Perhaps he was hiding … or watching the horse – riding ? None of them had ever seen a hedgehog so well glued – or had ever been so amused. Though he was forlorn on the lawn in the hawthorn until dawn, Jack thought the hedgehog was the funniest animal ever born. And decided to stay and watch until dawn. Caught in the hedgerow clink, all night long, the hedgehog didn’t sleep one wink. It must have been his prickles (as well as his tickles, I think !) that made him a hedgehog on the blink in a thorny link. One of the greenfly passing by, heard the hedgehog loudly cry. He tried to pull him out but the hedgehog was stuck like glue underneath the hedgerow and he didn’t know what to do. The greenfly went to get a piece of string, but it didn’t do much good in releasing anything. Along came a caterpillar who said he too had had this problem before – when he’d been stuck on one the beanstalk leaves and almost fell to the floor. He suggested that the hedgehog should try breathing in deeply, though he didn’t explain why. The hedgehog gave out an incredible “HUFF” and on his prickles picked up more fluff. It didn’t work that well and before long, the caterpillar was stuck as well. He called to Jack to bring some sacks and the woodcutter brought his axe. The worm told the hedgehog to squirm … the rook advised that he should hold firm. But the hedgehog remained quite stuck, trying to get unhooked, in between the gate in the fence and the path to the brook. The hedgehog rolled around on the ground … but nothing helped him get out, he found. Then, at last, appeared a cat, who tickled the hedgehog’s prickles with his whiskers underneath the hedgerow where he sat. The hedgehog giggled with considerable glee … so much that he eventually got free ! 

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On The Edge

Can you see where the hedgehog sat in the hedgerow – one the “edge” inside these words ? Make a sentence using each word as an example.

hedge

ledge

wedge

edged closer

hedgehog

sledge

hedgerow

How many other words can you think of that contain the word set D – G – E ? Example – bridge, porridge.

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Ahead In The Hedge

Add the letters H – E – D to complete the words.

 

s _____

 

_____ ge

 

crus _____

 

_____ onism

 

_____ e __ less

 

was _____

 

flus _____

 

gas_____

 

rus_____

 

pus_____

 

flas_____

 

hus_____

 

stas_____

 

cras_____

 

wis_____

 

cas_____

 

las_____

 

tras_____

 

gnas_____

 

smas_____

 

bas_____

 

bus_____

 

das_____

 

squas_____

 

mas_____

 

swis_____

 

blus _____

 

clas _____

Can you think of anymore words that end in the letter set H – E – D ?

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers :

shed

hedge

crushed

hedonism

heedless

washed

flushed

gashed

rushed

pushed

flashed

hushed

stashed

crashed

wished

cashed

lashed

trashed

gnashed

smashed

bashed

bushed

dashed

squashed

mashed

swished

blushed

clashed

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