Armadillo and Hare has all the warmth and charm of the Frog and Toad adventures by Arnold Lobel. Two friends spending time together at home, enjoying days out and learning valuable and meaningful lessons about life.
Despite their differences, Armadillo and Hare are the best of friends. Armadillo enjoys sitting around in his chair, thinking about cheese and eating cheese. Hare is full of energy, plays the tuba and always looks rather dapper. Written as ten short stories, Armadillo and Hare enjoys days out together, deal with problems at home and ponder things about the world - both big and small. Along the way they meet lots of animals including a bicycle-riding wombat, a jaguar with some very sharp teeth, a stick insect that is very hard to spot, a giraffe, an elephant, a lobster and a tortoise.
The ten stories are light-hearted and funny and Jeremy Strong presents characters that are very likeable and relatable. Dig a bit deeper and readers will find messages and lessons on friendship, health and well-being, facing fears, loneliness and death. Armadillo and Hare certainly give readers a lot to think about.
This is an ideal early chapter book and a great read for those children who are moving on to longer length books. Each chapter is a short story about a specific adventure of Armadillo and Hare and there is a valuable life lesson woven into each tale. The text is nicely spaced out so as not to overwhelm young readers and Rebecca Bagley’s delightful illustrations that are frequently dotted throughout the book are a great accompaniment to the text and perfectly capture the different personalities of Armadillo and Hare.
What I really like about the book is that even though it is targeted at a young audience, Jeremy Strong immerses readers in delicious language and rich vocabulary.
A perfectly pitched read and I can see this book being enjoyed time and time again, much like I did with my Frog and Toad books when I was a child.
Recommended for 6+.