Hare & Ruru – A Quiet Moment

This is the story of Hare, who struggles with an unnamed mental malady self described as ‘noise’.

Noise could be runaway thoughts, voices in Hare’s head, or loud feelings and general anxiety.

Hare goes on a journey to try and find a solution.

Just when Hare thinks there’s no hope a friend, Ruru, flies calmly down and gives a suggestion.

Hare ultimately feels better after doing three things:

  • Talking to someone
  • Focusing on breathing
  • Connecting to nature

This gentle story is for anybody who suffers from noises, anxiety or loud feelings.

Written and illustrated by Laura Shallcrass

$30.00 incl. GST

1 in stock

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The English language edition of Hare & Ruru: A Quiet Moment won the Russell Clark Award for Illustration at the 2021 New Zealand Children’s & Young Adult Awards, as well as a Storylines Notable Book Award in 2021. The Te Reo edition, Ko Hea rāua ko Ruru – He Takitaro Mārire, is available on request.


What Book Next ~ “A beautifully illustrated hardback depicting Hare looking for his ‘Quiet’, to take away his ‘Noise’. This Noise could be racing thoughts, runaway feelings or general anxiety – all needing calm, peace and quiet to help still within him. This gentle, simple story is great for little readers who share Hare’s challenges – not coping with everyday noise, or feelings that seem too big to explain or control. Hare travels many places, connecting with Nature and his surroundings, which could lead to young Nature studies or simple mindfulness.”

NZ Booklovers ~ “Our six-year-old has always struggled with being ‘in her head’ and often finds herself anxious and panicky when she feels things are out of her control. Hare & Ruru has been a very welcome addition to our bookshelf and her toolbox of coping tools. She loves nature and felt an instant kinship with Hare, following his journey as he addresses his situation and finds ways to help himself.

“Shallcross has also included some wonderful teaching notes at the back of the book. These are wonderful ideas parents and caregivers can use to help their children develop resilience and good mental health habits. The questions are simple, yet full of possibility and offer a way for adults to really connect with children. The conversations these questions sparked were insightful, not only for our children but for myself too.” Read the full review.

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Dimensions29 × 20.5 cm
First published



Hardcover edition



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Published by

Beatnik Publishing


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