This is a tale of friendship between a chicken and a hedgehog.
The Tomten (a mischievous elf) is tired of porridge for breakfast so he starts stealing eggs from Henny’s nest. After she sees Goosey-Goosey with her new goslings, Henny longs for chicks of her own. Henny desperately wants the hungry Tomten to stop eating her eggs.
Henny’s friend Hedgie comes to her aid with a plan to frighten the Tomten away for good. She and Hedgie hide an acorn, then a strawberry, a mushroom and a potato in her nest. But that doesn’t stop the Tomten from coming back every morning. Finally Hedgie himself hides in the nest and when the Tomten reaches in and comes out with a handful of prickles, he runs home and never comes back.
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