Hairy Hettie by Polly Lawson

Hairy Hettie

Written by Polly Lawson
Illustrated by Jo Allan
Part of the Picture Kelpies Series

3+ readers   5+ readers   
Download an extract Share this book

Selected by our Editorial Experts

This is wonderfully funny book of friendship in which Hettie, the hairy Highland cow ends up having all sorts of insects and animals living in her fur throughout the seasons. From caterpillars and butterflies to birds and hares, Hettie looks after them all but as Spring arrives her friends become quite wriggly and fidgity and for Hettie that's the final straw. But just how does she get rid of everyone? Charming and funny, not only is it a story showing the importance of tolerance and friendship but it also provides a lesson in seasons too. The text is brought to life by Jo Allan's lively illustrations.

This is the sequel to Hungry Hettie.


Hairy Hettie by Polly Lawson

Hettie the Highland cow has lots of hair to keep her warm and cosy. But other animals want to be cosy too...In springtime two blackbirds stop by and build their nest in Hettie's hair. She's a cow, not a hedge! In summertime some butterflies lay their eggs in Hettie's fur, which grow into wriggling caterpillars. In autumn a squirrel burrows in to hibernate. And in winter a mountain hare hops aboard too! Poor Hettie. She's a cow, not a hairy hotel! It might be time for a haircut... The second story about loveable Hettie the Highland cow takes us through the seasons in Scotland.

Part of the Picture Kelpies range from Floris Books, bringing together great authors and illustrators to create picture books for 3 to 6 year olds with a distinctly Scottish flavour. Click here for the Picture Kelpies website, which not only has details of the series but also games and colouring-in activities. The series is a companion to the celebrated Kelpies range — Scottish novels for 8 to 12 year olds.


'Charming and funny, not only is it a story showing the importance of tolerance and friendship but it also provides a lesson in seasons too. The text is brought to life by Jo Allan's lively illustrations.'

About the Author

Jo Allan grew up on the east coast of Scotland and has been drawing since she can remember. She studied at Telford College in Edinburgh and loves to create humorous characters. She has worked on commissions for Edinburgh Council, The Forestry Commission and the Royal Botanic Gardens. She illustrated a book of the Gaelic alphabet, which won the Best Children's Book of the Year in the Gaelic Literacy Awards 2004. She has also worked as a florist and now runs her own dog-walking business.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


24 pages


Polly Lawson
More books by Polly Lawson


Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books

Publication date

19th April 2012




Publisher Profile

Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books is an imprint of Kelpies


Kelpies Books celebrate quality children’s books with brilliant authors, engaging stories and a Scottish twist! They create books that capture children’s imaginations at all ages. Under 6s will have loads of fun with Kelpies picture books, 9 to 12-year-olds will be whisked away by Kelpies and young teens will be gripped by KelpiesTeen novels.

Follow @DiscoverKelpies on Twitter or find them on Facebook at

Publisher's Website

Publisher's Blog

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

Love “Lovereading4kids” as my son gets to hear about & read new books before his mates which keeps him interested in reading=a very happy Mum

Liz Evans

We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!

Tracey Chorley

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

Lovereading 4 schools