We are very fortunate to have sight of so many lovely picture books. Mr Hare’s Big Secret is a lovely little book and I understand it is the first in a series about woodland animals. I hope so as I can’t wait to see the next book!
Mr Hare’s Big Secret is that there are a lot of big juicy cherries at the top of the tree, but he needs his friends’ help in order to get them down.
First thing Mr D spotted on this book was the snail! We are still very much snail obsessed here and he had great fun spotting the snails as we turned the page. He quite liked this story, I think the repetition and the very expressive faces of the animals helped to keep him really engaged in this book.
The illustrations are so gorgeous, and I would love to have a print of some of these animals for the wall as they are just captured so beautifully. Hannah Dale seems to capture the expressions of the animals as they dance and play under the tree until the cherries drop down.
At the end the cherries all drop and the animals get to enjoy them. It is such a lovely story and one that Mr D gets quite animated with as a new animals comes along and joins in with the jumping and dancing around. Mr D’s favourite illustration is of course the snail, but mine is the fox. The fox is so beautifully captured and there are so many wonderful illustrations throughout the book.
Miss E has taken this book a couple of times too and leafed through it. She likes spotting rabbits at the moment and she loves the hare in this book (I’ve not yet worked out how to explain the difference between a rabbit and a hare to an 18 month old!)