I’m A Hare, So There! by Julie Rowan-Zoch

I’m A Hare, So There!

Julie Rowan-Zoch, Author Illustrator

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fiction, Mar. 16, 2021

Suitable for Ages: 4-7

Themes: Hare, Animals, Similarities, Differences, Humor

Opening: “Hello, Rabbit.”… “Rabbit? Did you say…rabbit?”


Rabbit? Did you say…rabbit?  I’m not a rabbit! I’m a hare, so there!

You may have heard that we hares can outrun turtles. Oh, wait — I mean tortoises…They are similar; but not the same. Still, we hares are speedy, and we can look out for ourselves.  Good thing, too, because you never know what you might come across in the desert…

Why I like this book:

This is a smart, witty and simple story about a feisty rabbit — I mean Hare — with attitude.  Readers of all ages will enjoy the author’s clever wordplay and jovial banter between Hare and Chipmunk — I mean ground squirrel — about the important differences between a hare and a rabbit.  Hares are born with hair. They are larger and have long ears and big feet. They change colors during the winter.

Children will find the author’s sense of humor hilarious, as they watch Hare jump all around the desert, oblivious to the fact he’s being tracked by a Jackal — I mean coyote. They will enjoy the repetition. It is a perfect read aloud for at home and school.

The text is spare and allows Julie Rowan-Zoch to showcase Hare’s story with exuberant and cheeky artwork against the desert backdrop. Hare’s facial expressions and body language really make this story! Kids will want to draw just like Julie!

Be sure to check out the backmatter. The book is educational and kids will learn in the “SIMILAR but not the same” section that there are significant differences between similar animals, like turtles and tortoises, frogs and toads, wasps and bees, and lizards and salamanders. And there is also a page where kids are asked to choose and place the animals that will most likely be able to survive in the desert.

Resources:  Have children draw pictures of Hare or any of the other desert animals. This story may also have other applications in real life. For instance, my adopted son is from India, but is frequently mistaken for other ethnicities. Many kids have beautiful names that students may not know how to pronounce correctly. These can be hurtful, in the same way Hare experiences being called a rabbit.

Julie Rowan-Zoch grew up collecting freckles and chasing hermit crabs in New York, and spent years slicing rich breads in Germany before waking up to 300 days of blue Colorado skies. If she doesn’t answer the door, look in the garden. She is also illustrated Louis, authored by Tom Lichtenheld. Visit her online at her website, and on Instagram at @jrzoch. 

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.
*Reviewed from a purchased copy.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

34 thoughts on “I’m A Hare, So There! by Julie Rowan-Zoch

  1. I love this book – such a perfectly cheeky character that kids will adore! I hadn’t thought to connect Hare’s feelings about being misidentified to a child whose name is mispronounced or whose ethnic background or gender are misidentified. Thanks for pointing that out.

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  2. What a super concept that will encourage new readers with a fun story. I’m still saying I raised rabbits when I was a kid but could be a hair off in that memory. Julie should readjust her estimate of 300 days of Colorado sunshine. We were lucky to get maybe 250 last year😀. Thanks for sharing your review of Julie’s book. I’ll be recommending it to families.

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  3. This is a perfect way to teach kids the subtle differences between animals. I wonder if she mentions bison and buffalo. I like the tie in with the differences and similarities between people.

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  4. Who would have thought I would enjoy reading about my own book this much?!? Thank you, Patricia. It might be some comfort to know that English speakers have reading rules that vary so much from the spelling rules, and some think that’s why people have trouble with foreign names. Butt I experienced it so often in Germany I finally gave in and started giving my name in their pronunciation. It wasn’t everybody, and my tolerance shouldn’t diminish other’s pain. At least Jack is now out there not having any of it!! Haha!

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  5. This book is brilliant…both writing and art! I think there ought to be more books about taxonomy and nomenclature. LOL! I actually wrote a story about that in 2013 and it still hasn’t sold yet (had some close nibbles), so I’m glad Julie got hers out!


  6. We like the sound of this guy. He has attitude to spare. Mom might say there’s a certain someone in our house with attitude to spare, too! I have no idea who it could be…

    Love and licks,


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