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What's the Story Behind the Logo?

I've taught since the mid 1980s, and have always integrated literature into every subject area.  It seemed like such a logical, natural way to help children access learning; everybody loves a story, right?  :o)  Even when I served as a mathematics instructional coach, I would look for picture books and novels to relate the concept or strategy to students' interests and experiences.

THAT explains the "reader" part of my logo!

But the hedgehog...  Well that is a little harder to pinpoint.

For starters, I love furry, fluffy, chubby, cute creatures.  Human babies, chicks, puppies, even a well-rendered robot with just the right qualities...  they make me smile!   Woodland creatures are among my favorites, and hedgehogs... well, they're just adorable!  I've never seen a hedgehog in real life, but that didn't stop me from becoming rather obsessed with them.  

This is a photo of me with what might be the closest thing to a hedgehog that I've been up close to.  It's a quokka, and although many consider them to be essentially vermin, I think they're cute as can be!  This picture was taken on Australia's Rottnest Island, where the quokkas roam quite freely!  
When I was thinking up a name for my blog, I knew that I wanted to have a little something that felt cozy and fun.  So that's where the HEDGEHOG part of my logo came from.  :o)

Initially, Hedgehog Reader was a blog I created as a place I could post book reviews for the parents of my students.  When I became a seller on TpT, I decided to redesign my blog but keep my name.  Danielle at Crayonbox Designs drew the sweet little guy that you see on all of my things now!

There's a story behind everybody's name, I think!  You can share yours too by linking up to Jenny K.