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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Hector and Heloise in Paris by R. Janet Walraven relates the story of two hedgehogs that go to the Louvre in Paris, France, to see the artworks on display. They visit the Mona Lisa and The Great Sphinx of Tanis. Tired after the day’s activities, the hedgehogs decide to rest. They nibble on treats that patrons leave behind and discover a bare spot on the wall that displays paintings from France. Hector has a brilliant idea that his sister goes along with. They decide to stay in the art museum after it closes. What idea did the hedgehogs come up with and why was Hector carrying a backpack? Why would they want to spend the night in the Louvre?
Hector and Heloise in Paris by R. Janet Walraven is an adorable tale about two hedgehogs that spend their day in the Louvre and hatch a plan to spend the night there with a specific purpose in mind. The illustrations by Barb Ruble are beautiful and accentuate the story well, giving the reader brightly colored pictures to view. I love the history of art that is woven into this story which explains the origins of the Mona Lisa and The Great Sphinx of Tanis. Kids can easily relate to the excitement the hedgehogs experience as they move between the art displays and realize that they can help a painter they know. I recommend this book to anyone with young children who love an adventurous and educational tale.