Harris Finds his Feet by Catherine Rayner

Harris Finds his Feet

Written by Catherine Rayner

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Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Touching and inspiring, this is a beautiful story of a youngster finding his feet and being encouraged to forge his own way in the world by his remarkable Grandfather. Harris is a very small hare with very big feet. But, his Grandfather explains that very big feet are invaluable to a hare and, across some beautiful pictures, Grandfather shows Harris exactly what big feet can do. Especially when it comes to running away from the greedy wolf!


Harris Finds his Feet by Catherine Rayner

Harris was a very small hare with very big feet. 'Why do I have such enormous feet, Grandad?' Harris sighed. So Grandad shows Harris how to hop high into the sky, to climb to the tops of the mountains, and to run very fast. Harris not only learns about the world around him but also the importance of finding his own feet.

Inspired by a wild hare and her own large-ish feet, Edinburgh-based illustrator Catherine Rayner has won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2009, the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s book illustration.

‘Harris Finds His Feet’ was inspired by a real and magical encounter with a hare in the wild. Harris, a small hare with big feet goes out into the world with his Grandad, from whom he learns not only how to hop high into the sky and run very fast, but also about the joys of growing up and of independence.


Joy Court, Chair of the Greenaway Judges, comments

“Harris is a triumph, from the way he moves and his expressions to his velvety fur. His relationship with his Grandad is beautifully evoked as are the textures of the exquisite landscapes around him, in a book which oozes charm and glows with colour.”

About the Author

Catherine Rayner

Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Much of her inspiration – and occasionally modelling! – for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Emma and two goldfish, Bruce and Sheila. Catherine was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award Best New Illustrator in 2006, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has created stunning picture books introducing delightful characters including Harris, a hare with exceptionally large feet and Ernest, a moose who is determined to get himself into a book – no mean feat when you are too big to fit in the pages. Gorgeous, warmly coloured large scale pictures lie at the heart of Catherine’s work.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 4 - 7 years


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Publication date

1st March 2009




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