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HARRIET’S HAD ENOUGH! by Elissa Haden Guest


by Elissa Haden Guest & illustrated by Paul Meisel

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3454-4
Publisher: Candlewick

A youngster’s refusal to tidy up leads to a big argument with her mother. When a fresh remark lands Harriet in time out, she decides to run away in rebellion. As she leaves, Harriet encounters her grandmother and father. While their remarkably nonchalant attitude about her desertion—Grandma gives kisses goodbye and Papa asks her to call—does little to dissuade her, Harriet’s final encounter with her mother leads to a change of heart. Harriet’s family handles her imminent and very diva-like departure with aplomb. Young readers will be reassured by the tale’s comforting message that a family’s love is constant despite a little one’s minor—or histrionically major—upheavals. Meisel’s watercolor, acrylic and gouache illustrations depict a cleverly detailed raccoon-family home ensconced within a tree. This amusing peek at a common childhood scenario and its peaceable resolution will satisfy children and parents alike. (Picture book. 3-7)