THE LOVE LETTER. Written by Anika Aldamuy Denise. Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. Harper. Ages 4-8. $17.99.
One snowy day, Hedgehog just can’t help feeling prickly. Then he finds something on the snowy ground. It is a love letter! Suddenly Hedgehog feels cheerful. He has a pleasant time with his friends Bunny and Squirrel, but he drops the letter. Bunny picks it up and thinks Hedgehog loves her. Suddenly she finds herself being helpful. She too drops the letter and Squirrel picks it up. It makes him feel carefree. Eventually the friends start fighting over who sent the love letter to whom. The answer surprises them all and makes them think about the meaning of love and friendship.