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Harriet's Hare

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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, starre ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 29th 1997 by Yearling (first published March 7th 1995)
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I just found this book which I have been scouring the internet for since I read it in early middle school. I am so happy!
I remember this book fondly as for many years it would be the only sci-fi book I enjoyed until A Wrinkle in Time. At that time I was just crawling into the world of fantasy with a couple of The Magic Tree House books. Previously I had read exclusively Historical fiction, non-fiction, and realistic fiction. The idea of fantasy and sci-fi bored me, I had zero interest.
One day
I know this one isn’t as old as some of the other books I’ve read, but I think it counts as a throwback. I was interested in this one for a couple reasons. The first is, the author is the author of Babe: A Gallant Pig another great book. The second is that it had a hare in it and I’m a sucker for animal books. Third, I was curious how something more recent, something I could have read new as a kid, held up.

This is a quiet story. No loud action here. Harriet lives on a small farm with her dad in
Well, I'll just say that I enjoyed this book much more when I was younger.

Harriet's Hare is a fantasy story about a young girl who lives in Longhanger Farm with her father, who suddenly meets an alien which takes the shape of a hare, who she names Wiz.

I think Dick King-Smith was trying to send some sort of subliminal messages. Wiz came from Pars, which was a very peaceful and equal world. There were no wars or conflicts, everyone was friends, all the Partians were equal- no one was poor and etc.
Sarah Sammis
Three of the four reviews I've found online on Harriet's Hare by Dick King-Smith are by students. All of their reactions to the book are highly positive, so keep that in mind when I post my thoughts.

Harriet's Hare is about a magical summertime friendship between a young girl (Harriet) and an alien on holiday who spends most of his time disguised as a hare (Lepus Pronolagus). As summer progresses, Wiz promises to do a favor for Harriet and of course he does and it's a happy ending all around.

I ha
I thought this book was very interesting, very touching and really quick read children's chapter book. It had really well-drawn illustrations, great characters, great fantasy, great adventure and a really heartwarming story. I haven't read this book in a very long time. This one is just as good as the other Dick King-Smith books. Anyone who love reading Dick King-Smith books should enjoy reading this book.
Yet another gentle Dick King-Smith story with beautiful descriptions of country life. Although I'm not into aliens generally, this one is basically a talking hare who brings a touch of magic into the life of a lonely little girl. A sweet read for grades 2-3.
Amelia Gregory
I read this book in one whole day ( it wasn't short either) it was so heart warming in places and so I enjoyed it even more dick king smith's books are fabulous this book makes you want to read more !!!!!
This, in my opinion, contains much more depth than most of Dick King-Smith's books. It is a touching book, the first by the author I have read that is so affecting, and the sympathetic emotion was made real and able to be experienced by regular people. Sprinkled throughout by tender dialogue that rings true, this story of the girl Harriet, who knows that she will miss her hare friend terribly when he goes back to outer space, could be easily identified with by anyone who has ever very badly mis ...more
Natalie VanDusen
Not my favorite Dick King-Smith.
Oct 09, 2008 E rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to E by: mom
I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes stories about magic. I think this book is a really good story about friendship and its a great tale about a beast of magic. I think this would be a good book for families with younger children, because even though it is interesting and has lots of action, it isn't very scary, and I'd recommend it to almost anyone.
Sarah burrows
omg another book i near enough grew up with. it was my sisters but i borrowed it to read it once and ended up keepin it and reading it over and over. i remember after the first time i read it i always used to look up at the moon lookin for ages whenever it was a full moon (when i was younger) and was always facinated by the magic and possablities in the book. xxx
My eight-year-old would give this five stars. It is very good and sweet. Harriet meets a hare that is really an alien on vacation on Earth. It isn't as riotously funny as some of the other Dick King-Smith books. It is a good one for new chapter book readers to read themselves, and it is a very pleasant family read-aloud as well.
Nelly Paulina
i think that taby had a hard time following this story... and i have to admit that i did too. the material was a little bit older than our usual. there's a lot of talk of dying and it deals quite a bit with Harriet's loss of her mother (although in a round about way) so we had to skip around a bit.

Beth Anne
This was a very cute book and Emma really enjoyed it. Some of it went over her head (one character is divorced because of an abusive husband) but she loved the ending especially and had some great reactions to the big "surprise" at the end. It was magical and fairytale-esq without being sappy and silly.
A magical book about a young girl who meets a hare which turns out not only to talk, but to be an alien in disguise. Turns out he's not just lost, but there to carry out a little magic in Harriet's personal life. A wonderful and warm tale which left a smile on my face.
Only half-way through the book and so far these statements/issues have come up:
(1) the hare can choose/change it's gender;
(2) those not vegetarians are made out to be vile; and
(3) equality in money regardless of work/laziness.
Delightful, fun book about an alien who helps a young girl find happiness in her own life while he visits earth in the form of a hare.
Nowhere near as good as Harry's Mad, but still a unique author's voice and sweet story of a girl with a magical hare on her hands.
I remember really enjoying this one when I was at school. I don't know how many stars I would give it if i read it now. :P
I thought it was an okay book. It was kind of a younger book to read for 6-8 year olds, but overall, it was great!
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Harriet Copeland
I really enjoyed reading this book especially as it had my name in the title. a really good read
Aug 07, 2011 Sammy added it
Good read for children, especially animal fanatic children.
A cute summer read-aloud my younger kids enjoyed.
Mia (◕‿◕✿)
One of my favorites from 3rd grade (: haha
Melissa marked it as to-read
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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
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