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Harriet's Hare

by Dick King-Smith

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Harriet Butler, 8 years old, is on summer vacation from school when one morning she notices a crop circle in the wheat field of the family farm in England, where she lives with her father, John. Riding her pony, Breeze, to check the crop circle oddity, she meets Wiz, a talking hare.
This story, written for grade school age children, runs quickly through Harriet's summer friendship with a very joyful (he practices joie de vivre) and interesting hare who happens to be visiting Earth. The hare has a positive and long-lasting effect on Harriet and her family, incorporating a bit of magic here and there.
There are also realistic farm moments involving caring for dairy cows--the head cow being Bluebell--harvesting wheat, and selling fresh eggs. After befriending Wiz, Harriet makes her father promise never to shoot the rabbits or hares living on their farm.
There is an underlying theme of compassionate care and concern for animals, which adds to the warm feelings we have for Harriet and her freespirit friend Wiz the Hare. ( )
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Harriet sat up, suddenly wide awake. What was that noise?
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I don't need thanks, Harriet. It is I who am grateful to you for making my trip to Earth such fun. All I ask you to do is to be kind to my daughters, to all hares, to all animals, for the rest of your long life.
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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.

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