Hound and Hare
By Rotraut Susanne Berner (Illustrator)
(Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9780888999870, 80pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
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Hounds and hares are like cats and mice. At least, that’s the way it is in Great Bone, a little village beside the river. Harley Hare and Hugo Hound see each other at school every day, and they’re interested in the same things. But they never talk to each other. Why? Because the Hare and Hound families can’t stand one another.
When the annual Big Race takes place on the meadow, Harley and Hugo find themselves racing neck to neck, until a terrible thunderstorm breaks out. Hugo is terrified of the storm and the lightning. Harley panics when they discover they are lost. It turns out that between them, they know just what to do. And, working together, they not only save themselves, but become heroes of the day as well.
Rotraut Susanne Berner is one of Germany’s most distinguished author-illustrators, known for her engagingly witty texts and illustrations (The Winter Book, Definitely Not for Little Ones: Some Very Grimm Fairy-Tale Comics). She has won the German Youth Literature Prize on several occasions, the special German Youth Literature Prize for a body of work and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award three times.