Harriet and the Garden: 01/23/10
Harriet loves the series of books by Nancy Carlson that feature Harriet the dog. Her first introduction to the series was with Harriet's Recital . She has since read Harriet and the Roller Coaster, Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors (review coming) and Harriet and the Garden.
In all the books Harriet learns a life lesson but in most of the books the lesson is disguised by a decent plot and characterization. Harriet and the Garden though goes for a blatant moral, so blatant that even Harriet didn't want to re-read the book.
In this book Harriet and her friends are playing catch or baseball in the park. Unfortunately the park abuts a neighbor's yard and she hadn't put in a fence to separate the yard from the park. Harriet in trying to make the catch of her life ends up trampling the neighbor's prized plants.
Harriet does the right thing but only after suffering through some very funny nightmares. These vivid dreams though come too late in the book to salvage the heavy duty telegraphing of the moral (tell the truth and take responsibility for your actions).
Other books featuring Harriet and the rest of Nancy's Neighborhood