Tales of Harina

Tales of Harina – book reviews and giveaway

Monkey and I have recently been introduced to the first two books in the Tales of Harina series by Joy R Hartley.

Tales of Harina

The first book in the Tales of Harina series is Harina: The Special Girl.  I did wonder if it might put Monkey off that Harina is a girl, but he wasn’t bothered in the slightest.

Having spent most of my working life in Export and always loved travel, I’m very keen that Monkey learns about different cultures and accepts people for who they are, not what they look or sound like.  Harina is an African girl from Zimbabwe.  What’s Zimbabwe Mummy? So I explained a little about where Zimbabwe is in relation to us in England and Granny in Spain.  Next week I have a sneaky feeling a world atlas might be one of his birthday presents!

Harina is a happy girl with a generous, giving character. She has a favourite orange dress and a Gumby blanket that she loves in the same way Monkey loves his teddy. When Harina’s Mummy makes her a picnic to have in the garden something wonderful happens. She is visited by a Hanga – Shona for Guinea Fowl; she’s very excited as the rare bird brings those that see it good luck.

Harina and Hanga become friends and then the real adventure begins.

Tales of Harina

Harina: The Special Girl, is a lovely story about being aware of others, helping them and being friendly. All good lessons for a nearly five-year old Monkey to learn.  The story also introduced him to different animals and left him asking lots of questions – which always makes me happy.

At the end of the book there are some suggested activities and some blank pages for drawing, writing etc.  Monkey really enjoyed the story and was already looking forward to bedtime the next day so we could read the second Tales of Harina.

Harina and the Doctor Bird sees us meeting up again with Harina and Hanga the Guinea Fowl for another adventure. Harina has been to an after school club where they have played the Passport Game and she got to learn all sorts of things about Jamaica.

Where’s Jamaica Mummy?  Well Monkey, Mummy has been to Jamaica, it’s a big island in the Caribbean.  It’s a beautiful country.  Let’s read the story now, and one day I’ll get my photo’s out to show you.

Back to the story! When Harina gets back from school she finds that her Mummy isn’t very well.  She covers her Mummy in her blanket, tells her all about Passport Club and then starts to fall asleep.  Time for Hanga to appear and the next adventure to begin.

In this story the duo meet up again with the Doctor Bird from Jamaica, who they met in Harina: The Special Girl.  This time the Doctor Bird teaches Harina about nectar and how he collects it to make it into a potion for her Mummy.

Tales of Harina

Monkey was fascinated, he hasn’t seen a Humming Bird (the Doctor Bird) yet, so I was able to carry on from the story and explain in more detail what the bird does.  Again, a lovely story which left Monkey asking lots of questions.

Each book is published through Matador Books and priced at £8.99.  My Amazon Affiliate links are shown below for your reference.

We’ve really enjoyed the Tales of Harina stories and will be eagerly awaiting the next installment.  If you’d like more information about the series then why not follow Harina on Twitter or Facebook.

disclaimer:  we were sent these books in exchange for an honest review


I’m really thrilled that I have five copies of Harina: The Special Girl to offer to you, my readers.  Just complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win.  Good luck!


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47 thoughts on “Tales of Harina – book reviews and giveaway

  1. I would move to Australia as I have read and watched loads of programmes about living there and it looks so inviting! I have relatives living over there and they love it too!

  2. Lincolnshire where i live now as all my friends and family are here and my memories of the loved one’s lost x

  3. This is really difficult because I have connections to multiple countries. I guess I’d like to be able to easily travel between the US and UK so that my daughter can be around both families.

  4. I don’t want to move from the UK, but for a visit I would love to go to Malaysia, Dubai, back to Sri Lanka to visit our family and back to America to visit some different areas to where we’ve been before

  5. I’d like to live by the sea but stay in England where my family is as they say home is where the heart is.

  6. Australia – I lived & worked there for a year in 2005-6 and fell completely in love with the weather & the lifestyle!

  7. I love living in London so I wouldn’t want to move but i would love to spend some time exploring the Scottish Islands such as The Shetland and the Hebrides

  8. I’d like in America so I could experience extreme seasons and also be able to coupon on a wider scale!!

  9. I’d love to move to Australia, a few of my school friends now live there and it seems like such a wonderful place to be.

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  11. Millport because iv’e already seen the house i want only £300 grand too , 5 bed stand alone borderline palace like and with a kitchen bigger than my entire flat lol <<<<< not that i have given it to much thought 😛

  12. I couldn’t bear to be away from my family so it has to be good old England, but I wouldn’t mind moving all of us up to the Lake District.

  13. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Beautiful scenery, beautiful sea, beautiful weather – and the Kiwis are quite nice, too!

  14. Australia, as it has good weather :- Sunshine. Beaches. Seems to have a relaxed way of life :- Sunshine, Beaches, Barbeques etc. Though I would want to be able to beam back (like in Star Trek) to Britain in order to visit family, friends etc.

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