Friday, April 8, 2011

Harriet Dancing by Ruth Symes, illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church



Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     28          Ages      4-8
AR Quiz No. 122226 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.5 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Harriet is a happy little hedgehog. After her breakfast of strawberries and worms (YUMMY!) she sets off to visit her best friend, Ivor. Along the way she happily greets her other friends, Rabbit, Mole, Frog and others with a cheery, "Good morning!"

Harriet suddenly sees the sky full of butterflies. They are dancing and spinning, looking like a field of dancing flowers. Harriet joins in, dancing and dancing and dancing, until she notices the butterflies have stopped.  She asks why and is told, "The butterfly dance is only for butterflies." Poor Harriet is crushed and hurries away so the butterflies can't see her cry.

Does Harriet stay sad? Can you keep a happy little hedgehog down for long? I think, "No." : ) In the end, Harriet is a happy little hedgehog once again, dancing with not only all of her friends, but the butterflies too!

This is a good book to share with children to teach them about the hurtfulness of excluding others and shunning people because they aren't like you.  It only takes one small, careless word or action to make someone unhappy.

Come into any branch of the Lake County Public Library today for a copy of Harriet Dancing or click here http://tinyurl.com/724e85m and with your library card number and PIN order a copy for pick-up.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie (dancing!)

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