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Harry & Hopper by Margaret Wild

Harry & Hopper (2009)

by Margaret Wild

Other authors: Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)

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"Harry & Hopper" is a story about a boy and his dog who are best friends. Harry and Hopper do everything together and are inseparable. One day when Harry comes home from school, Harry's dad explains to him that Hopper has passed away. Harry's is completely heart broken and his world is turn upside down. Harry doesn't want to sleep in his room because Hopper use to jump into bed with him during the night and Hopper wouldn't be doing that anymore. Harry decides to sleep on the sofa and during the night he hears something scratching on the window. He looks up to see Hopper jumping outside by the window. Harry is so happy to see Hopper and they play together throughout the whole night. The next night, Hopper returns but he isn't as solid or warm. Harry continues to play with him again throughout the night. On the third night, Harry sat up waiting for Hopper. Hopper didn't show up that night. Long after midnight, Harry went on the porch and there was Hopper, laying there curled up and cold. Harry went over and hugged Hopper and whispers to him "good-bye Hopper." Towards the end of this book, I actually cried. I've lost many dogs over the years and it's not an easy process to go through. For Harry, he lost his best friend. As a young boy, that's a hard thing to go through especially being little and not fully understanding. I think this could be a little confusing for young readers to realize that Harry was dreaming about Hopper and them playing together, but I think it's good to see what their minds are thinking. I think they can learn from this book that even when you lose someone, they will still be with you in your heart and in your mind. The illustrations were very detailed and colorful. When Hopper passed, the pictures got dark and gloomy showing the emotions happening in the story. On the very last page, there is a colorful picture of Harry's house from far away that can represent Harry moving on. Hopper will forever be remembered and in Harry's heart, but Harry has to move on and live his life. ( )
  lcrosby | Mar 9, 2016 |
I thought this book was okay. There were things I liked and things I did not like. The thing I did not like is towards the end of the story after Harry's dad tells him Hopper has passed away and his dad buried him, it appears Hopper comes back. For example on one of the pages it says Hopper was jumping on the window and woke Harry up in the middle of night. It goes on for a few pages saying they played and wrestled. It repeats for a few nights. It never actually says that it was a dream and I believe this can be confusing.

The thing I liked about this book is the illustrations. On the pages before Hopper dies the backgrounds are light and the illustrations are happy. For example on the second page the illustrations are of Hopper and Harry playing and the colors are bright greens, reds, and blues. Then once Hopper passes away the colors get darker and the backgrounds get darker.

The main idea of this story is that even though someone passes away they can live in your heart forever. ( )
  jraeke1 | Mar 3, 2014 |
it about a boy name Harry and is dog hopper. Harry tot hopper how to sit, stay and catch a ball. one hopper was not at the gait to great Harry but his dad said that the dog died.

ages 2-5
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  KaylaL | Feb 27, 2014 |
Harry & Hopper was about a relationship of a boy and his dog. Harry and Hopper did everything together. These two were the best of friends. One day Harry came home to find out Hopper has died. In the end, Harry made peace with Hopper's death. This is a great book to read to children about death, and how to handle it. This book shows that death is hard, but one can come to terms with it. ( )
  Swelker | Sep 17, 2013 |
Prolific Australian children's author Margaret Wild, whose work ranges from young adult verse-novels such as One Night, to dystopian picture-books like Woolvs in the Sitee, turns her attention here to that perennial childhood problem: the death of a pet. Hopper, so named because he was "as jumpy as a grasshopper" when he first came to live with his humans as a young puppy, was Harry's constant and loving companion. Until, that is, the day that Harry came home and learnt that he had been killed in an accident. Unable to process the news, or to grieve, Harry isolates himself for a time, until a series of ghostly visits allow him the opportunity to say goodbye....

Chosen as the 2010 Kate Greenaway Medal winner, Harry & Hopper features the lovely charcoal, gouache and watercolor artwork of Freya Blackwood - it was Blackwood's illustrations, as it happens, that drew me to this book, as I have been trying to track down as much of her work as possible, after being immensely impressed by the paintings in The Selkie and the Fisherman - artwork which manages to convey both the joyful movement of its canine and human characters, and the pathos of their parting. It also features a moving story that deftly captures that special bond between boy and dog, and the poignancy of unexpected loss. That said, I do think a little caution is advised, for those thinking of using this book as a form of bibliotherapy. The fact that Hopper comes back for a few ghostly visits might cause some confusion for very young children, or possibly lead to hopes that something similar might occur, in their case. With that caveat in mind, I would still recommend this one as a moving, thoughtful children's story about learning to say goodbye, after the loss of a animal companion. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 9, 2013 |
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When Harry’s beloved dog Hopper dies, he has a hard time letting go, as Harry sees Hopper still in his life. Are Hopper’s visits to Harry the boy’s imagination, or is the dog truly leaving Harry gradually, once he makes sure his boy will be all right? Eyes will not stay dry as readers experience this beautifully written, gently illustrated story about losing a dear pet.
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One day when Harry comes home from school, his faithful companion Hopper isn't there to greet him, in a touching story about the process of healing after losing a beloved pet.

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