Hare & Ruru: a Quiet Moment by Laura Shallcrass
Published by Beatnik Publishing
This is the story of Hare, who struggles with an un-named mental malady self described as ‘noise’. Noise could be runaway thoughts, voices in Hare’s head, or loud feelings and general anxiety.
Hare goes on a journey to try and find a solution. Just when Hare thinks there’s no hope a friend, Ruru, flies calmly down and gives a suggestion. Hare ultimately feels better after doing three things: Talking to someone; Focusing on breathing; Connecting to nature.
This gentle story is for anybody who suffers from noises, anxiety or loud feelings.
Hare and Ruru was awarded the Russell Clark Award for Best Illustrated Book at the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.