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A Handful of Happiness: Ninna, the tiny hedgehog with a big heart

Massimo Vacchetta Jamie Richards Antonella Tomaselli



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26 March 2019
Biography; Memoirs; Wildlife: mammals
The heart-warming story of how a tiny hedgehog helped one man find hope.

'Could you look after it for a couple of days? . . .' So begins the extraordinary friendship between veterinarian Massimo, who is at a low spot in his life, and a tiny, orphaned hedgehog. Only a few days old, covered with soft, white quills and mewling quietly, this little creature will turn around his life forever. Through the sheer force of Ninna's personality - curious, playful, affectionate - and the sudden, unexpected paternal protectiveness he feels nursing her back to health, Massimo reconnects with the world - and finally begins to feel like home.

But as Ninna wakes from her first hibernation, she grows up, like any teenager, longing for freedom. A creature of the wild, she craves the free range of the woods beyond Massimo's house. Massimo must accept that Ninna is ready to move on . . . but one little hedgehog saved and released into her natural habitat is a new beginning for Massimo: setting up a sanctuary for the injured, orphaned, fragile - but with a will to live so strong it is truly contagious.

A HANDFUL OF HAPPINESS is their funny and life-affirming story - a celebration of our favourite prickly wildlife creature, which will make you laugh and cry. Perfect for animal lovers and fans of A STREETCAT NAMES BOB, ARTHUR, FINDING GOBI and Monty Don's NIGEL.
By:   Massimo Vacchetta
Contributions by:   Antonella Tomaselli
Translated by:   Jamie Richards
Imprint:   Quercus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   158g
ISBN:   9781787472921
ISBN 10:   1787472922
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   26 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Massimo Vacchetta is the chairman of The Hedgehog Home, an association whose mission is the protection of hedgehogs and their environment. He is also the founder of a shelter and rehabilitation centre for hedgehogs. He lives in northern Italy, where he is a veterinarian specializing in the care of cattle. Antonella Tomaselli is a journalist, author, environmentalist and lover of animals.

Reviews for A Handful of Happiness: Ninna, the tiny hedgehog with a big heart

I loved curling up with this adorable book -- Helen Brown * Daily Mail *

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