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*Imagine Harry* by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Imagine Harry
by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Grades PreK-1 32 pages Harcourt June 2007 Hardcover    

Imagine Harry is a thrilling book filled with detailed art; each page depicts portraits of family activities and individuals on the walls. Readers will notice right away that there is a strong presence of nature in the images. The illustrations are one of the strongest assets for the book, invoking feelings of warmth, family, activities, humor, friends and nature. The full-page illustrations were created in acrylic on Bristol board, and the book itself is printed on chlorine-free paper.

Imagine Harry is a story of innocence, wholesome youth, a healthy imagination, an imaginary friend, and a single-parent household. Bright orange pages greet the reader upon opening the first few pages. The lead character is Little Rabbit, whose imaginary friend, Harry, enables him to stretch rules and boundaries at home and provides entertainment for the young rabbit. However, once Little Rabbit starts school, Harry visits less and less. One day, his mother is curious about Harry’s absence, and Little Rabbit explains that his friend has moved away.

The story will certainly appeal to families with a young one who is facing their first day of school. It will also serve families who have an imaginary friend staying with them.

Imagine Harry is a durable book, encased in a hardcover with a simple engraving of the title and image of Little Rabbit, and further protected by a colorful slipcover. The book also appears to be published with reinforced trade binding. Harcourt Books released this children’s book by author Kate Klise in 2007. Kate and the illustrator, M. Sarah Klise, are sisters and have collaborated in the past on several projects including the bestselling “Regarding the…” series and several other award-winning picture books and novels.

It is interesting that the Klises still use rabbit characters in their work. Perhaps it is because rabbits have been celebrated across the globe in numerous cultures for their gentle and tender habits. Or perhaps it is because rabbits have appeared in several classic children’s tales in the past. Whatever the reason, the characters in Imagine Harry will be a hit with your family.

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