Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As cozy as a cup of tea on a rainy day, this gentle tale of virtue rewarded is brightened by a whimsical woodland setting and colors that change with the seasons, from spring's light pastels to autumn's rich golds and russets. As an artist, Watts has a delicate touch. Her fineness of line and attention to detail, from the smallest insect to a blossom, lend a sweetness to the scenes, while soft shading adds a nubbly texture. The story-of a loyal post-rabbit who never lets the weather keep him from his appointed rounds-is equally winning. Whether bringing twigs to nest-building sparrows, spectacles to a near-sighted mole or nuts for a squirrel's winter larder, Harvey stays the course, and his faithfulness is repaid when his friends band together to make him the perfect gift-an umbrella to shelter him from the elements. This mail tale delivers. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Harvey Hare is a dedicated letter carrier. Through rain, wind, snow, and sun, he carries letters and packages to his customers who live in the fields and across the hills. Young readers will delight in Harvey's persistence and appreciate his friends' gratitude. Along the way, they'll also learn something about how the mail system works and the effect of seasonal changes on the environment. Simply rendered watercolor illustrations complete this satisfying package.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A gentle story of friendship and hard work rewarded. Harvey Hare is truly dedicated. "No matter what the season, no matter what the weather, Harvey made sure the mail was delivered." Readers see him drooping in the heat at high noon on a summer day, soaked by autumn rains, and hopping through snowdrifts to make his deliveries. Finally, the animals decide to give him a present in thanks for his service. They agree upon an umbrella made of spring grass, leaves, twigs, and flowers to protect him from the elements year-round. The softly colored illustrations reflect the shades of the changing seasons and adeptly portray the animals' natural world. Children will find Harvey's ears particularly expressive, and will certainly agree that this hare is a postman extraordinaire. An appealing look at the value of doing one's work well.Maura Bresnahan, Topsfield Town Library, MA