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Literary leveret wows children and parents alike at north Norfolk school

PUBLISHED: 11:36 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:37 10 April 2018

The picture shows Hare-atio with some of the children who helped paint him.  They are dressed up for World Book Day as their favourite fictional character.  Mrs Read is standing at the back.  Picture: The Publicity Works

The picture shows Hare-atio with some of the children who helped paint him. They are dressed up for World Book Day as their favourite fictional character. Mrs Read is standing at the back. Picture: The Publicity Works

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Another stunning GoGo Hare has been completed, with a stellar ‘tale’ behind the leveret’s creation.

Hare-atio is the creation of the community and school in Aldorough, north Norfolk.

The charity statue of a baby hare is covered in features of the local schoolchildren’s favourite books.

Lucy, 10, said: “I really like the hare, it shows what our school is about.

“It’s really colourful and includes books, because we have a lovely library and reading is really important to us.”

The statue is part of the GoGoCreate project to raise funds for Norfolk children’s charity Break with Wild in Art.

The children voted for their favourite books to be part of Hare-atio’s outfit.

Lucy continued: “We wrote the book titles for the jacket in gold, silver and white. The book I voted for was Wonder. It teaches you to be kind to people because you never know what they are going through.”

Jack, 7, said: “I think Hare-atio will be different to all the other GoGoHares, and he is a bit funny with his moustache. I voted for Danny the Champion of the World because it is by Roald Dahl and it is my favourite of all his books.”

Alison Read is Head Teacher at Aldborough. she said: “Hare-atio’s creation was a real community affair. Children, parents, staff, governors and members of the community all worked collaboratively to create him.

“Children’s fingerprints made his fur; their names and faces made the grass; they wrote their favourite book titles on the edges of his jacket; their top books have been used to decorate his hat. Meanwhile a local textile artist made Hare-atio’s brilliant bow tie and a parent who’s a blacksmith made the lovely iron hares that decorate the base.”

Aldborough School is well known for the quality of its reading, resulting in the Minister of State writing to congratulate the school in 2016.

Mrs Read added: “The children enjoy reading because we give them real books, high quality books, books that excite them and stimulate their minds.”

She added: “We wanted a GoGo Hare who shared our passion for reading and our love of Norfolk – his name is a reference to our country’s famous hero, Horatio Nelson, of course. Plus we wanted him to have real character – and Hare-atio certainly has that.”

Thomas, aged nine, said “I think Hare-atio is fantastic. I like the Shakespeare buttons, and the books on his hat, which shows how much we like reading. I voted for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because I love the Harry Potter series, I shared the book with my mum, it is the most exciting book I’ve ever read.”

The Sculpture trail of large hares goes live across Norwich and Norfolk from June 24 to September 8. Hare-atio and the other leverets (160 in total) will be on the streets from July 2 to September 2.

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