The Last Hedgehog is a lovely little gift book to share with someone who loves our little hog friends. Pam Ayres has written a dark yet funny poem from ‘the last hedgehog left on earth’, to shock us into doing something to help save our hedgehogs. This thought-provoking book is a reminder of why we need hedgehogs.
A national treasure. There are clear comparisons between Pam and Sir John Betjeman. Daily Express
Her spiky creation reminds us that unless we act soon, hedgehogs will soon be gone. Beautifully illustrated by Alice Tait, The Hedgehog tells of the terrible damage that humans are doing to his land. And what we can still do to keep them alive, and thrive:
Cousin Henry, young and bright
Went up in flames on Bonfire Night
And poor old Grandpa, fast asleep
Was stabbed to death on a compost heap.
If in your fence you’d made a space
We could have moved from place to place.
From now on, as you pull the drapes.
You’ll see no round familiar shapes.
Nevermore, from dusk till dawn
Will eat slugs on your lawn.
From now on, you can eat your own.
About the Author
Pam Ayres was a plotter air photographer for the Women’s Royal Air Force, before becoming a popular poet. Writing for over 40 years, her work appears in school textbooks worldwide. She lives in the Cotswolds, where she is patron of several animal welfare charities.