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Children's LiteratureOn a beautiful summer day Harriet is playing ball with some friends and accidentally tramples her neighbor's garden, crushing a prize-winning dahlia. Upon hearing her neighbor's distressed cry, Harriet joins her friends in running away before she's caught. Upon arriving home, Harriet discovers that something just isn't right. She's not hungry, not interested in her favorite television show and has nightmares about attacking plants. In the morning she decides to do what is right and confesses all to her neighbor. Carlson's simple story carries a great deal of meaning without being didactic. Children will relate to Harriet's accident, her fear and panic as well as (hopefully) her final decision to tell the truth and make things right. The illustrations are so wonderfully expressive that one almost could do without the text at all. A simple story, a simple message and a wonderful picture book. 2004 (orig. 1982), Carolrhoda Books, Ages 5 to 8.