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Harold and Harold

TitleHarold and Harold
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsWilson, Budge, and Terry Roscoe
PublisherPottersfield Press
CityLawrencetown Beach, NS
ISBN Number0919001947
DescriptorsBirds; Chapter Book; English Language; Families; Halifax; Illustrated; Nova Scotia; Weather

Harold is an eight-year-old boy from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who is lonely when his family goes to the cottage on the coast for the summer because he is the youngest child and no one has any time for him. He befriends a blue heron, which he names after himself. A mixup involving Harold and the heron that leads his family to believe that Harold is lost in a storm brings him the attention he desires. This illustrated chapter book, written in third person, past tense, was published in Nova Scotia, the home province of both Budge Wilson and illustrator Terry Roscoe. The illustrations are detailed black and white pen and ink drawings; one image illustrates each chapter.


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"So Harold was almost always alone. He stood on the rocks and fed the seagulls fish heads and tails. He liked to see the birds appear as though by magic--rushing down out of the sky to fight for food on the surface of the water. Often Harold lay flat on his stomach on the wharf and watched the sea anemones fold and unfold themselves like flowers" (10).

"When he reached the Bluff, there, standing stately and alone on a giant rock at the edge of the water, was a heron. The tall bird looked this way and he looked that way, but he seemed in no hurry to move. 'Like me,' thought Harold. 'He likes just looking at things. He seems to enjoy the view'" (13).