HARRIET’S HAD ENOUGH by Elissa Guest and illustrated by Paul Meisel (Candlewick Press)

June 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

harrietHarriet, a young raccoon and her mother quarrel over the mess she’s made with her toys.  Tensions rise appropriately, and during a time-out, Harriet packs her bags and plans to run-a-way.  She runs into Grandma working in the garden, who kisses her and explains, “Well, I have to clean up these weeds.  That’s life.”  While saying good-bye to Papa, who is making Harriet’s favorite spaghetti sauce, he hugs her and explains, “I have to clean up these pots and pans.  That’s life.”  When she sees Mama on her way out, their hearts become heavy. Obstinate behavior and angry feelings on both sides diminish, and they offer each other an apology.  Everyone in the family cooperates to help each other out, and soon a festive dinner is enjoyed by all.  The illustrations of acrylic, watercolor and gouache are homey and work well together with a story that rings true.  A good addition to a parenting collection or picturebooks.

Picture Book K-2nd Grade, recommended- Anne Beier (Hendricks Hudson Free Library)

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