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The Hat (1997)

by Jan Brett

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When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking gets stuck on his prickles -- and the fun begins. A mother hen comes by, then a noisy goose, a talkative barn cat, a playful farm dog, a mama pig and her piglets, and a pony. They all laugh at Hedgie, especially when he pretends he's wearing a new hat. But in the end, it is clever Hedgie who has the last laugh.
  wichitafriendsschool | Feb 18, 2017 |
I would use this as an interactive read aloud for 1st and 2nd graders. I would use this book for these grade because it is not too lengthy, and students at this age are still comprehending the seasons and learning about more complex animals. I would have students identify key words that were unfamiliar to them, write them down, and then as a class, use the illustrations to determine what that word meant. We would do this so that the class is able to strengthen their vocabulary. ( )
  kbellot | Feb 12, 2017 |
This book could be used as an interactive read-aloud in grades K-2. It could be read during the winter as a way to introduce seasons and learning about the winter season. You could pair projects with it about animals or winter clothing or the season. You could also teach new vocab from it such as chest, gander, stocking, and woolen.
  brandi3325 | Jan 20, 2017 |
When Lisa leaves her woolen garments on the clothes-line to air out, her fallen stocking is picked up by Hedgie the hedgehog, who becomes entangled in it and can't get it off his head. The other animals are inclined to laugh at our erinaceous hero, but Hedgie insists his inadvertent headgear only makes sense, given the cold weather. Hurt nevertheless by the other animals' ridicule, Hedgie retreats toward his den, eventually running into Lisa, who takes her stocking back and explains to him that animals don't wear clothes. Hedgie has the last laugh, as he watches Lisa run after all the other animals, who, convinced by his arguments, have likewise commandeered the young girls' woolen garments...

Written to be a companion to Jan Brett's The Mitten, a picture-book retelling of a popular Ukrainian folktale involving a mitten that serves as temporary home to a parade of animals, The Hat is an original winter-time tale, one that also features a human garment and a group of animals. Hedgie is an adorable hero for Brett's tale - I have a soft spot for hedgehogs and porcupines - and I appreciated the humorous ending, in which all the other animals, after initially laughing at Hedgie, decide that they too want a warm piece of clothing. The artwork, as is to be expected from Brett, is lovely, capturing the charm of a wintry landscape. Apparently Brett traveled to the Danish island of Funen, home of Hans Christian Andersen, for visual inspiration for her artwork. As always, I found her animals and landscapes particularly appealing here. Recommended to all Jan Brett fans, and to anyone looking for amusing animal stories for the picture-book set. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 19, 2017 |
This book is yet another absolutely brilliant tale by Jan Brett. We absolutely LOVE all her children's books, and this one is just as amusing as the rest.

What a sweet, short story for young readers - it's funny, educational (types of animals, and what sounds they make), and very easy to read. Not only does it make a wonderful book to read to your children, but it's also easy enough for young readers to read on their own!

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, just like all the other Jan Brett books we've had the privilege of reading and owning over the years!

Definitely 5 stars for this one! I don't think we'd ever give less for a Jan Brett novel. Just stunning! ( )
  LadyRavenSA | Nov 1, 2016 |
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Hedgie the hedgehog discovers the wisdom of the adage, "Don't go poking your nose where it doesn't belong" only after curiosity gets this prickly fellow in a pickle. When Lisa's red and white woolen stocking blows off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and sticks his nose inside, only to discover his prickles prevent him from pulling out of it. Soon all the farm animals are coming around to chuckle at silly Hedgie's stocking hat. But in the end, nimble-witted Hedgie gets the last laugh.

This magnificently illustrated companion book to artist (and hedgehog owner) Jan Brett's classic The Mitten was the winner of the prestigious 1998 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Young readers can spend hours with this one short book, poring over the pleasing, spirited details of Brett's trademark picture borders. Throughout, Lisa can be seen in these artful frames, making preparations for the cold Scandinavian winter, never realizing that her clothesline is becoming more line than clothes. If it were possible to wrap oneself up in these warm, cozy illustrations, readers would be set for the winter. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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When Lisa hangs her woolen clothes in the sun to air them out for winter, the hedgehog, to the amusement of the other animals, ends up wearing a stocking on his head.

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