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Harvey's Hideout (Red Fox picture books) [Paperback]

Russell Hoban , Lillian Hoban
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19 Nov 1992 Red Fox picture books
Harvey hates his older sister Mildred and says he's going off to play with his own secret gang. In that case, she says, she's going to have a special party for her friends. In fact, both are playing alone and feeling miserable about it. The author also wrote "The Dancing Tigers".

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New edition edition (19 Nov 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099973308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099973300
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,035,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite childhood books 15 Dec 2012
This was my favorite book that I read as a child. This was one of the books I received throught the Parents Magazine Press Book Club which was popular in the 60's and 70's. I still have it and plan to keep it for my grandchildren! Boys or girls would enjoy this book. An especially good book for a family with 2 children (a boy and a girl).
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I read this wonderful story as a little girl, never guessing that one day, I too would become a 'big' sister to a 'little' brother - just like the characters in the book! I was therefore thrilled when my very own little brother became old enough for me to read him the story about two muscrats called Harvey and Mildred (but not so thrilled when he told me that I was bossy like Mildred!). To re-live the magic of this precious book, with its animated illustrations was an absolute joy. I can still recall how moved I was by this tale. I remember weeping when Mildred was being so mean to her lonely little brother by refusing to play with him and feeling so relieved and glad when they ended up joining forces and playing together. When one is a child, one has such an idealistic view of the world and a very acute sense of what's right and wrong. As a girl, I so desperately wanted people to be good and nice to each other and I think most adults deep down, still feel the same way. This is why, as a grown-up, you will find this tale both heartwarming and nostalgic to read and a very good guide for the moral code of your little ones. Oh, and the brother and sister are rows are extremely realistic too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book from childhood 12 July 1999
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When I was about 5, my mother signed me up for a book/album club. "Harvey's Hideout" was one of the many books I received through my subscription, but it is the one I remember most fondly. My mother would read it to me at naptime. I had it memorized, and quickly told her she had skipped a page if she dared try to skip through the book. Being a tomboy, I wanted to do all the things Harvey and his sister were doing, like forming my own club, cooking bacon and eggs over an open fire, and swimming in a lake. It's the stuff my childhood dreams were made of. If you ever cooked out in your backyard, or made forts, or had brothers or sisters, you'll love the charm of this book. It's hard to express how quickly, thoroughly, and happily this book takes me back to 1969. I think that kids today would understand its charm, too. If you have a little one, make it part of their collection, or do as I am, and buy it for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Also, my favorite book from childhood. 21 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Living on a farm with no real neighbors to speak of, my little brother and I not only loved this book, but we also lived it. Just like Harvey and his sister Mildred, we fought like crazy but we also discovered that when school was out, we only had eachother. The book made us laugh and also taught us something about being good to your brother or sister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favorite for me as well... :) 26 Dec 2002
By tiffany - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Coming from a family of schooteachers, my mother successfully made sure that I always had more books than toys. I may have resented it as a child, but as an adult, I look back with nothing but gratitude and appreciation. Harvey's Hideout was one of my very favorite books. I read it countless times. It is such an endearing story and I can remember the beautiful, vibrant illustrations as if I saw them yesterday. I loved Mildred, as mean as she was! I loved her independence...her creativity...and her yellow-flowered dress! To me the story showed the importance of family and acceptance and love for one another, even if it's a brother whom you just wish would go away! They say that "Books are your friends" and Harvey's Hideout was one of my very best. If I am ever fortunate enough to come across a copy again, it will have a permanent place in my book collection. A must-read for children of all family structures, in my opinion...a real treasure. ~Enjoy~
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorites as a child... 25 Nov 2005
By a reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
This book was one of my very favorites as a child, and my children adore this book as well (my mother has the original copy and they love for me to read it to them when we visit her house!). My children always giggle when Harvey and Mildred stick their tongues out at each other and call each other "stupid, no-good, loud-mouthed and bossy"! I always wished I could have a secret underground hideout across a lake in the woods, and a raft to use to get there. Two of my other favorites (and my childrens') are Miss Suzy and Miss Twiggley's Tree - fabulous stories and fabulous illustrations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute favorite childhood book! 7 Oct 2003
By deniseyisbzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
My grandmother, who was a school principal and also gave me more books than toys, would read this, tirelessly, over and over again from the time I couldn't write out my whole name, until I could read it myself (but still wanted gramma to read it to me). I didn't even have siblings at the time, but I absolutely adored this story! I still have the original copy where I practiced writing my name in the cover, but still couldn't make an S come out right. To this day, almost 3 decades later, I still remember Mildred's beautiful party dress with dirt thrown on it by Harvey, the little picture of an Indian Harvey put on the wall of his cave--the tea party Mildred had with her doll (was her name Lucinda?) Those illustrations were amazing. I look forward to reading this over and over again to every child I come in contact with!!!
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