Maisie the Mountain Hare

Lynne Rickards; Illustrated by Abigail Hookham

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  • A charming rhyming story starring a family of mountain hares and a friendly ptarmigan
  • Maisie the mountain hare leveret and her brother Archie love playing hide and seek, but soon must use their hiding skills to keep out of real danger
  • Mountain hares are known as camouflage experts – their brown coats change to white in winter so they can hide in the snow. But with no snow in sight Maisie and Archie stand out more than ever
  • A tale of teamwork and playing to your strengths
  • From the author of the bestselling Skye the Puffling, Harris the Hero, Rowan the Red Squirrel and Oran the Curious Otter

Mountain hare leverets Maisie and Archie must work together to stay safe in Scotland's Cairngorms. An adorable rhyming adventure from the author of Skye the Puffling, with dynamic illustrations of Scottish wildlife.

230 x 265 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
16 Feb 2023
Picture Kelpies


Maisie the mountain hare loves playing hide and seek with her brother Archie and their friend Thomas the ptarmigan. Archie is the best at hiding and Maisie has the keenest eyes. As the baby hares grow, their coats turn white to help them camouflage in winter. But with no snow in sight, the siblings are in danger. Can Maisie and Archie work together to stay safe?

Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this is a playful tale of friendship and teamwork. Abigail Hookham's dynamic illustrations of Scottish animals and heather-covered Cairngorm landscapes are full of detail and character.

From the author of best-selling Skye the Puffling and Rowan the Red Squirrel, and the creators of Oran the Curious Otter, Maisie the Mountain Hare is a fun and lively celebration of Scotland's amazing mountain wildlife.


'The lyrical approach to the text combines beautifully with the illustrations. Having spent a good amount of time in the Scottish Highlands, it's obvious to me that Abigail has also spent time there, as she has not only perfectly captured the mood and feel of the landscape, but also the changeability of the environment... Seeing the correct plant and animal species in the illustrations really pleased me. It is great to see science and important topics like climate change being introduced to a young audience.'
-- The Mammal Society

'Stunningly illustrated by Abigail Hookham, the gentle rhyming text introduces youngsters to this fascinating animal while echoing games, sibling dynamics and the comfort of family they will recognise from their own lives.'
-- Barbara Henderson, What's On North

'The latest in a series of rhyming picture books about iconic Scottish animals, which just keeps getting better. There is adventure and friendship, interwoven with learning about habitat and climate change and delivered through gentle rhyme that make the story a delight to read out loud. Abigail Hookham’s beautiful illustrations perfectly capture the flora and fauna of the Highlands.'
-- Roaring Reads


Lynne Rickards was born in Canada and has called Scotland home for over twenty years. She grew up reading Dr Seuss books and as a result she enjoys writing in rhyme. Lynne is the author of many much-loved picture books including Lewis Clowns Around, Harris the Hero, Skye the Puffling, Rowan the Red Squirrel, Willow the Wildcat, Oran the Curious Otter and Maisie the Mountain Hare. Lynne lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Abigail Hookham began her artistic career as a game designer before realising that she really wanted to illustrate children's books. She graduated in Children's Literature and Illustration from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the illustrator of Oran the Curious Otter and Maisie the Mountain Hare (both Floris Books). She is based in Lincolnshire, England.

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