Hare is a delightful story about friendship and loyalty … with a good dollop of humour thrown in.

Inspired by the saying ‘harebrained’ – both children and adults will enjoy the subtle word play, as they hunt with Hare’s friends for his missing idea.

Soft, spiky, square, small, round and loud objects are discovered, and discarded in the hunt, providing fun opportunities for young readers to learn about colour, shape, size and texture.

Written and illustrated by Deborah Hinde

Softcover edition
A hardcover edition is also available.


$19.99 incl. GST

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Reading age: 2 – 5 years


Swings and Roundabouts ~ “The charming illustrations alongside the clever text will have instant appeal and young listeners will not even realise they are learning about concepts such as colour, shape, size and texture.”

Booksellers New Zealand Blog ~ “While we all read lots of books with rabbits or bunnies, the hare has less press. The idea of hare links most closely to the concept of being ‘harebrained’. Forgetful and disorganised, Hare in this story has forgotten something and needs to visit his friends in an attempt to remember. The encounters include a goose a rooster, a hedgehog, a rabbit and a duck. Other characters flit through the illustrations, which are bright and clear. Hinde has used these characters to teach about attributes such as soft, noisy and silly. The text and the characters are beautifully matched, both supporting the ideas presented. The ending is funny and unexpected.”

Kiwi author and illustrator Deborah HindeDeborah Hinde

Find out more about award-winning illustrator Deborah Hinde on her creator page.

Additional information

Weight200 g
Dimensions24 × 25 × .5 cm

Softcover edition



Page count


Published by

PictureBook Publshing

First published


1 review for Hare

  1. Kate G

    From Bob’s Book Blog ~ “Well told but the stars of the book are the illustrations. They not only enhance the word text but they tell other stories of their own.e.g. tortoise is a worried little fella, he thinks it is another race and is quite relieved when it is not.

    “The illustrations are acrylic like colouring. Hare is wonderfully created with a range of quizzical expressions, duck and rooster are terrific creations. Hedgehog naturally hopes it isn’t a prickly idea but all creatures are bemused and relieved when Hare remembers.”

    Read the full review – https://bobsbooksnz.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/hare-by-deborah-hinde/

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