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Harriet Youll  Drive Me Wild
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Book Review

By Ashley J. S. Kepner

Harriet You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox

Illustrated by Marla Frazee

Published by Harcourt Brace & Company, March 2000

bulletAge Level: preschool to second grade
bulletHarriet is what grownups refer to as rambunctious! However she behaves just like normal toddlers. Through the course of a day, the young curly haired brunet, perhaps accidentally, knocks over her juice, drips paint from her picture onto the carpet and while sliding off of her chair at lunchtime she took the tablecloth, thus everything on the table, with her. Her mother, who "didnít like to yell," handles each incident with such deliberate patience: "Harriet, my darling child. Harriet, you drive me wild. Harriet, sweetheart, what are we to do?" But at nap time, Harriet gets her motherís last nerve when, while having a pillow fight, she rips open a feather pillow: Then Harrietís mother began to yell. She yelled and yelled and yelled." This situation may well ring true for every family. Mother and daughter apologize to each other, share a giggle and undertake clean-up together.
bulletAvailable from Amazon Books.