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Harry & Hopper

Wild, Margaret (Author)
Blackwood, Freya (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2011. 32 pages
First published: 2011
ISBN: 9780312642617 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Keywords:

Award

Kate Greenaway Medal – 2010

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Harry has a hard time letting go after his beloved dog, Hopper, suddenly dies. At first, he is in denial. He stares at the TV screen, whose words and pictures no longer make sense to him. He doesn’t tell his friends at school. He even refuses to sleep in his own bed, where he and Hopper once snuggled, and spends the night on the living room sofa. Harry keeps dreaming that Hopper is still alive, and that they play in the moonlight “running, wrestling, shouting, barking.” Over time, his sorrow begins to fade, as does the figure of the dog in the illustrations. Eventually, Harry comes to accept the dog’s passing and says good-bye on his own terms.

Gentle watercolour, gouache and charcoal illustrations have a hand drawn feel and capture the quiet, comforting mood of the narrative.

Focusing mainly on the boy’s coping skills in his time of grief, this richly descriptive book is an excellent resource for children dealing with the death of a loved one.

  •  Talk about losing a pet like Hopper. How did the story make you feel? Have you ever lost a pet? Share your stories with a friend.
  •  Write in your journal about losing a pet, or about someone you know who lost one. 
  •  Brainstorm things you can say to someone who has lost a pet, then write a sympathy card to Harry.
  •  

    Talk about losing a pet animal. Did it ever happen to you? How did you feel? What did you do? 

  •  

    In a journal entry, illustrate what you did or felt when you lost an animal. If it has not happened, how do you think you would react? 

  •  

    Create a poster about your pet (real or imagined) and explain what activities you do (or did) with it. 

  •  

    What could you do to comfort a friend in this situation?

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Ethics and Religious Culture