Hattie and the Wild Waves (Viking Kestrel Picture Books)
Barbara Cooney
Viking Juvenile (1990)
ISBN 9780670830565
Reviewed by Madeline McElroy (age 7) for Reader Views (8/08)

I didn’t like the way the parents spoke in another language, it was hard to understand what they were saying. The names of the characters were hard to read too. I didn’t like to read it; there were too many words, but I did like when my Mom read it to me. I will probably not read this story again.

I did like the paintings a lot.

I liked Hattie and her friend Little Mouse. The story was about the two of them and what they were going to be when they grew up. They liked to have fun together. My favorite part of the story was when Papa gave Hattie a tame macaw. The bird was trained to chase down the tennis balls on the court if someone missed it!

Parent Comment:
I thought “Hattie and the Wild Waves” had a lot of adult material that my seven-year-old wasn’t familiar with in her life experience. Such as, a particular name of a wine and several discussions about the family business. I thought there was a lot of dialogue for her to remember as she read the story. My daughter is a very strong reader at about third-grade level and she was really overwhelmed by the content – it seemed like a lot of information for a children’s book.

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