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Harriet's Had Enough! Hardcover – May 12, 2009
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After an altercation with her mother over picking up her toys and rude behavior, Harriet, a young raccoon, decides to run away from home. Packed and on her way, Harriet briefly encounters her grandma, who wishes her well and asks her to promise to write every day. Next, Harriet finds her papa in the kitchen, tastes his spaghetti sauce, which happens to be her favorite, has second thoughts, but continues out the door anyway. After a discussion and mutual apologies with her mother, all is forgiven, and Harriet and her family pitch in and help one another with their various chores before sitting down to a spaghetti dinner. The raccoon family and their comfortable home in the trunk of a tree are pleasantly depicted in watercolor, acrylic, and gouache. The text is simple enough for children who are slightly beyond the beginning-to-read stage, which is precisely the age group that might benefit most from this subtle lesson on interpersonal relations. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos
About the Author
Elissa Haden Guest is the author of the best-selling Iris and Walter early reader series. HARRIET'S HAD ENOUGH! is her first picture book. She lives in San Francisco.
Paul Meisel has illustrated more than thirty books for young readers, including WHAT'S THE MATTER IN MR. WHISKER'S ROOM? by Michael Elsohn Ross and DEAR BABY by Sarah Sullivan. Paul Meisel lives in Newtown, Connecticut.
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I read one page aloud, the first page that starts "One day Harriet and her mama had a big fight". I swear I saw his ears swivel. When I read that the fight was about cleaning up toys, he was hooked. That night, he allowed me to read him the whole book as one of his bedtime books. After the first two pages he sat up and began to follow the pictures and words, he laughed, he gaffawed, he snorted. He grew silent as the message soaked in. At the end he told me it was "cool" in that awe-filled tone he uses for fart machines and beating his sister at Super Mario.
This is a great book for boys and girls, starring a protagonist with whom they will identify. Importantly, children learn that even when emotions heat up, on the part of children or parents, anger doesn't mean that love is lost.
As Jake says,way cool.