Frances Lincoln Children's Books The Hare-Shaped Hole
Frances Lincoln Children's Books The Hare-Shaped Hole

The Hare-Shaped Hole

By John Dougherty


Publication Date: January 2, 2024

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Ages 3 to 5, Grades P to K

The Hare-Shaped Hole is a poignant and touching picture book exploring loss, as Bertle the turtle learns to cope with the loss of his best friend Hertle the hare.

"A beautiful, gentle, rhyming exploration of grief and mourning." - Joe Coelho, UK Children's Laureate

The Hare-Shaped Hole is a beautiful, touching, and poignant picture book which gently explores themes of grief and loss.

Hertle and Bertle were always a pair, though one was a turtle and one was a hare. They were utterly buddies, and best friends forever, and whenever you looked, you would find them together... until quite unexpectedly... the end came.

When Hertle disappears for good, Bertle can only see a Hertle-shaped hole where his friend should be. He pleads with it, get angry with it, but the hole still won't bring his Hertle back.

It seems like hope is lost... until Gerda the kindly bear finds him. She explains that he must fill the hole with his memories of Hertle. And slowly... Bertle begins to feel a little bit better.

Powerful and moving text from children's author and poet John Dougherty is paired perfectly with warm illustrations from the wonderfully talented Thomas Docherty in a thoughtful and sensitive approach to this difficult topic.

This moving picture book can be used as part of a gentle conversation about loss with children.

About the Author

John Dougherty was born in Larne, Northern Ireland, and not many years later they made him go to school–an experience he didn’t find entirely enjoyable. Fortunately, the joys of reading helped him through the difficult times. It’s therefore not completely surprising that when he grew up he became first a teacher (the nice sort), and then an award-winning writer of stories and poetry for children. He also writes songs, some of which he performs with First Draft, a band made up of three children’s authors and a bookseller. He now lives in England with his two children.Thomas Docherty is an author and illustrator of children's books, who is based in Swansea. His first picture book, The Little Boat was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, and he has also worked on several books with his wife Helen Docherty, including The Snatchabook and The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight. His books have been sold around the world and have eben translated into more than 25 languages.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Publication Date: January 2, 2024

ISBN: 9780711276079

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