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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.And where is Lisa when all of this is going on? She's in the borders, getting ready for winter, until she realizes her stocking is missing and she enters the story to look for it.Jan Brett's luminous paintings of a Scandinavian farm and the forest around it are bathed in northern light, as the snow begins to fall and the story begins, in this delightfully original companion book to The Mitten.
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
Genre: Fantasy
Medium: Airbrush
This book is about a Hedgehog that uses a little girls sock as a hat, after it falls off the line. As the hedgehog passes by all of his animal friends, they make fun of him for wearing such a willing thing on his head. But each time, the hedgehog has a reason for why he is wearing it, and doesn't let the teasing effect him. Finally the little girl finds the sock on his head, and takes it back. But then all of the other animals had stolen the rest of the clothes of the line, because they wanted to be like the hedgehog. The illustrations in this book were very detailed, and each page had a picture on the side foreshadowing the next event, along with a picture of what the little girl was up to while the hedgehog was out with her sock. Have the pictures that were foreshadowing, could lead to good conversation about the book. Also, I liked the meaning behind the story, and I think it could be used to explain to kids that you should be confident in what you are wearing, or what you like doing, and that just because someone makes fun of you, doesn't mean it isn't awesome. In fact, it probably means they want to be more like you.
  sophiadale | Feb 8, 2016 |
I loved the book! I really enjoyed Brett's details of the hedgehog's battle with the hat. This could be used for a discussion with early elementary students on winter's approach and how to dress appropriately during the winter season. ( )
  JillStephens | Feb 3, 2016 |
This is a wonderful book for young children who will be amused by the story of animals wearing clothes as hats.
This book is a good example of fantasy because it has animals that talk and try to wear clothes like humans do.
Genre is fantasy.
  rwild13 | Jan 30, 2016 |
This fantasy picture book narrate a story between a girl and some animals in the farm. Hedgie gets a stocking in one day, which is from a girl called Lisa. Hedgie uses this stocking as his hat and shows to everyone in the farm that every animal are going to get clothes from Lisa's Home. The pictures in this book are pretty and colorful, and also tells children never laugh at anyone else and animals not usually wear clothes. ( )
  QianqiongWang | Jan 22, 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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