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My Friend Harry

A charming rural tale about a small boy and his soft-toy elephant by the author of the much-loved Floss. James and his friend Harry, a soft-toy elephant, go everywhere together. In sun, wind, and rain, they explore the whole farm. Every night, James tucks Harry into bed next to him. Eventually, the day comes when James has to start school - and must leave Harry alone for the first time...
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Kim Lewis was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for her first book, "The Shepherd Boy".

About the Author

Kim Lewis is a Canadian-born artist, printmaker, author and illustrator. She is the creator of many award-winning picture books, including Floss, Just Like Floss, and Little Baa. Many of her picture books have been set in Northumberland, where she lives with her family. Find Kim Lewis online at


PreS-K‘From the time Harry, a fuzzy toy elephant, first meets James, he becomes the little boy's treasured companion, going everywhere on the family farm, hearing endless bedtime stories, and traveling to the seaside. Over time he suffers many mishaps, endures many baths, and becomes rather limp and shabby. Nevertheless, he remains James's dearest friend. They even start school together, but just until the elephant can ``...get used to being on [his] own.'' Meticulously done, softly realistic colored-pencil illustrations in tawny colors cozily enfold the large, clear typeface. James is a sturdy, exuberant blond child living in a comfortable stone farmhouse; Harry, endearingly shaggy, has amazingly expressive black button eyes. The words, theme, and plot are simple, warm, and satisfying. Harry is never actually anthropomorphized, always remaining quiet, but in James's eyes he is a loyal, lovable playmate. A winning treatment of the favorite-toy theme.‘Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

Any little one who's ever loved a soft toy will identify with this cosy story and its softly drawn pictures. * Northern Echo * For those of us who know the agonies of the first days at school this story hits the spot. * Child Education *

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