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Virginnie's Hat by Dori Chaconas
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Virginnie's Hat

by Dori Chaconas

Other authors: Holly Meade (Illustrator)

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(easy, fable/folklore, Louisiana) Virginnie has a big old flip flop Southern hat that gets blown off her head and into the swamp trees. As she is intent on getting the hat down, she is oblivious to all the swamp critters trying to nibble her toes. The author said she based this book on watching a little girl intent on making a basketball shot. This little girl was oblivious to all else. Virginnie is that little girl in this story. The book was a bit simple for my taste, but it did follow the traditional folklorish fable theme of accordion style action. First the crawfish come, then the snake, then the gator, etc... ( )
  derbygirl | Jul 17, 2011 |
Virginnie’s fetching new wide-brimmed hat is meant to protect her from the sun, but a sudden gust of wind lifts the hat high into the branches of a sycamore tree in the swamp. Virginnie, determined to rescue her hat, throws up her red boot, which only gets stuck in the branches, and leaves her tender little toes exposed. Look out! Swampy critters take a yearning for those little girl toes! “Crawdaddy craw inching along with a snap of his clap.” “Snickery snake slickers along with a hunger-ly ache.” “Sway gator, sway, comin’ this way, cursed with a hunger that’s ruinin’ his day!” (n.p.). Luckily for Virginnie, her exuberant whoops and hollers in her attempts to free the hat and boot are so loud that the critters are frightened away before Mama comes to take her home. Holly Meade won a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho (Orchard Books, 1996). ( )
  LeahvanBelle | Jul 1, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763623970, Hardcover)

A plucky girl chases her hat through a critter-filled swamp in a rhythmic adventure glowing with sun-dappled art.

Virginnie is a freckly gal who wears a wide straw hat to shade her from the southern sun. When a puff of wind sends that hat adrift in the swamp — right to the top of a sycamore tree — she braves some scary creatures to get it back! Crawdaddy craw, snickery snake, swaying gator. . . . What will she tell her mama at the end of the day? Lilting language and expressive collages paint a lush, lively picture of a determined young girl and her dauntless adventure.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:37 -0400)

Determined to retrieve her hat from the sycamore tree where it had been blown by the wind, Virginnie tries to dislodge it by throwing her boots up one after the other, unaware of the threatening swamp creatures behind her.

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