One thing that really grabbed me during the spectacle and whimsy of the opening ceremonies in Sochi was the reference (during the Cyrillic alphabet intro) to "Hedgehog in the Fog." What a phrase! I had to know more. Steve did a quick google search and read from the YouTube description:
This is a story about a little hedgehog and his friend bear cub. The two would meet every evening to drink tea . . .
Needless to say, I had to watch. It is delightful! Perhaps nobody has time anymore to watch a ten minute video clip, but I really do encourage you to check this out. It's a lovely short film -- sweet, magical, and even a little Gothic!
My favorite line? "What a weirdo."
Also regarding the opening ceremony -- I think I'm ready to read War and Peace now.
ETA: Oh! My dear friend Michelle located a picture book version of HEDGEHOG. Here's a blog post about it. And here's the Amazon link. I must have this!
[Cross-posted at Livejournal]