HURRY! by Harry Hartwick


Age Range: 6 - 9
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There’s an elegiac quality to this gentle tale that takes place in a small town in Iowa on a Thursday afternoon in August of 1916. Tom Elson looks into the eyes of a mysterious animal, the farivox, and decides that he wants this animal more than he’s ever wanted anything. The farivox is said to be a rare animal, possibly extinct, that can talk in a human like voice. “Hurry!” Tom is sure he hears the farivox say, as he runs off to get the money to buy him. But Tom never sees the farivox again, for it is gone, just as if it had “dried up and been blown away by the hot August wind, like dust on one of Iowa’s long dirt roads.” Framed by stories of the demise of the passenger pigeon and other vanished species, the story holds out the hope that in some remote corner animals thought to be lost may linger on, and that someone, someday, may hear one of them whisper “Hurry.” McCully’s (Monk Camps Out, p. 480) luminous watercolors provide a perfect complement to this well-told tale that despite, or perhaps partly because of, its old-fashioned ambience and carefully paced telling, conveys the irrevocability of loss and gives added urgency to the meaning of “hurry.” (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-15-201579-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2000


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