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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Hi, Harry!

Hi, Harry!

Spring 2003 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Barbara Firth
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-1802-0
Hardcover Price: $14.99
Harry Tortoise wants a friend. He can't connect with Stan Badger and Buster Rabbit; they're in too much of a hurry. Rock and Mushroom don't have much to say. Through his search, Harry remains cheerful and determined.

Before long, he discovers the perfect companion for "Slow races" and games of "Heads In and . . .Heads Out". Waddell's gentle text introduces young readers to characters that are distinct, endearing and even funny. Firth's watercolor and ink illustrations add much charm.

The comforting message, that there is a friend out there for everyone, will appeal to preschoolers of all speeds.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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