Harriet's Hare

Overview

In this "warm fuzzy tale full of poignance, humor, and magic" (School Library Journal), eight-year-old Harriet Butler isastonished to meet a space alien who's vacationing in her dad's wheat field!  "Children will be delighted by the charm, compassion, and wit of Harriet and Wiz...and find themselves completely drawn into their wonderful fantasy adventures"— Booklist, starred review.  First time in paperback!

A 1995 Parenting...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (60) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $2.79   
  • Used (50) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

In this "warm fuzzy tale full of poignance, humor, and magic" (School Library Journal), eight-year-old Harriet Butler isastonished to meet a space alien who's vacationing in her dad's wheat field!  "Children will be delighted by the charm, compassion, and wit of Harriet and Wiz...and find themselves completely drawn into their wonderful fantasy adventures"— Booklist, starred review.  First time in paperback!

A 1995 Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award winner.  

A young girl's life with her father on their farm in England is changed when she befriends a talking hare that is really a shape-changing alien.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
King-Smith Babe: The Gallant Pig; The Terrible Trins again chooses his beloved English countryside as the setting for this amiable tale of a magical hare. Examining a mysterious circle of flattened wheat in a field on her father's farm, seven-year-old Harriet is startled when a hare ``lollops'' up to her and says, "Good morning." The animal confides that he is an alien from the planet Pars and has adopted the identity of a hare while he vacations on earth. Learning that the Partian can speak any language and transform himself into any creature, the child names him Wiz. Through their periodic encounters in the fields, the considerate hare fills a void for Harriet, whose mother has died. And Wiz brings about a final, joyous turn of events that guarantees that Harriet and her likable father will never again be lonely. If predictable and a touch slow-moving, King-Smith's gentle story has the same, timeless quality that distinguishes much of his work. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 7-12. Apr.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is a good story for readers a year or two past the "I can read" phase. Harriet meets a visitor from another planet. At first he's a hare in the field, though he can change his shape at will. No one sees him but Harriet, and he helps her get through a rather difficult summer. It's always nice to have a new friend, and he leaves her something very special when he goes back to his own planet in the fall. British money and intonation might bother some children, but most will understand through context. King-Smith tells a good story. 1997 orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4Eight-year-old Harriet lives on a farm in England. Her mother is long dead, her father is a loving but busy farmer, and the housekeeper is a character but not a companion. Then one summer morning, ``a perfect circle of flattened wheat'' changes her life. When she goes out to investigate, she meets a truly amazing hare who talks. It seems Wiz short for wizard...Harriet's name for him is really an alien from the planet Pars, who has landed in this peaceful farming village for a vacation and maybe to help a lonely little girl. He can change his shape and seems to be able to see the future. When he leaves, Harriet has a new mother and all is well. Roth's appealing pencil drawings wisely stick to realistic representations and allow readers to imagine the more fantastic elements in the story. This is a warm fuzzy tale full of gentle poignance, frolicking humor, and magic. It could take place anywhereas long as there is enough room for a spaceship to land. It's a good beginning chapter book for youngsters to read independently and makes a fine read-aloud. King-Smith's fans will certainly enjoy it and those who have yet to discover this talented author should be charmed.Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679885511
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 622,361
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals.  After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.  Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites.  He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get enjoyment from what he does.  Among his well-loved books is Babe, The Gallant Pig , which was recently made into a major motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Dick currently lives with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.  

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)