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The Hat by Jan Brett

The Hat (1997)

by Jan Brett

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In my opinion, this is a great book, and probably one of the cutest books I have read so far. It's hard to go wrong with animals and clothes, but that could just be me. There are a few things that I really liked about this book, the first being that the illustrations were produced in great detail, the second being the how the plot was organized and the third being the organization of the writing. The illustrations were some of the best I have seen so far; they were greatly detailed and took up every page. Each page had a border decoration: the top border was the clothes line with the woven clothes starting to disappear as each animal took one, the right border was the animal that was to come next, and the right border an image of what the child was doing. The fact that the images are so large made it feel like you are actually in the story; when the hedgehog is talking to the cat, the image surrounds the text, with a hedgehog and a cat talking outside in the snow. I also really enjoyed the plot, as while it gets into repetition of what's going to happen next as the hedgehog talks to all the animals, in the end the hedgehog is the one looking at everyone else like they are crazy. This allows for the plot to never get boring, no matter how many animals he talks to. Thirdly, I really like the organization of the writing, as it plays in with the plot. The writing is organized in a way that young kids can understand what is going on, and will be able to understand the joke at the end. The biggest example of this is that each animal laughs at the hedgehog for wearing the woven sock, but all proceed to go get their own anyway. In the end, the hedgehog is laughing at them, as animals don't wear clothes. The big idea of this story is that you should never pick on someone as you don't know what their situation is, and you might just want to be like them instead. ( )
1 vote taylorsmith11 | Sep 30, 2015 |
The Hat is a cute book about a porcupine who gets himself stuck in an unfortunate situation. After Hedgie gets the stocking stuck to his head, the other farm animals realize how resourceful he is being by finding his “hat”. I liked that the animals in the story have just enough of a fantastical personality to make this book entertaining, but are still pretty accurate in the way they are illustrated and the noises they make. The animals still honk, snort, oink, and meow as they would normally but, they still communicate with one another and have human like emotions and actions. The illustrations Brett provides in the hat are as beautiful as always. Featured in the border art is the clothesline with slowly disappearing articles of clothing, Lisa inside the farm house, and the next animal Hedgie will see as he tries to make his way back to his den. I like this book because it can teach a child to be accepting of others who maybe look different, and spreads the importance of being resourceful. Although Hedgie is fibbing to his friends for the reason the stocking is stuck on his head, he still does not like that he is being laughed at. This book can aid children in taking a second to think before they speak. The Hat also shows children that although they may get stuck in an embarrassing situation, they can make the most of it by laughing at themselves a little bit. ( )
  kprinc3 | Mar 5, 2015 |
Summary: The Hat is about a hedgehog that gets a wool sock stuck on his head. While walking a long trying to get the sock off he runs into all the farm animals asking him one question "What's that on your head, Hedgie?" And each time he answered, "it's my new hat." The little girl who's wool sock it was caught up to Hedgehog and pulled the sock off,but when Hedgehog turned around he saw all the farm animals with clothes on their heads for hats.
Personal reaction:This was a happy story, and Hedgehog was the star. I really liked the Interest the other farm animals had in what Hedgie had on his head, and how funny it was to them, but at the end they went and found them a piece of clothing to wear as hats.
Extension: The children would love talking about all the animals and how they reacted to Hedgie. Talking about how Hedgie could have gotten some help from his friends would be a plus for the children.
  SusieDell | Jan 31, 2015 |
The message the main character learns in this story is not to go sticking his nose in something that doesn't belong to him.
I liked this book and thought the text did a good job of bringing the animal description's into the story. So for example every time a new animal was introduced, something about how that animal speaks was included in the passage. For example, when Hedgie saw the gander he said, "Honk, honk!" and the cat said, "Meow". It helps the readers feel more like they are looking through the perspective of animals.
Another reason I liked this book was for it's illustrations. Each page was covered with pictures and each open pages had a boarder surrounding it. The boarders were also very detailed and on each side of the boarder were two circles with pictures inside them. Each oval showed what was happening at the same time to a different animal somewhere else. So for example, in the story when the girl is coming to look for her hat on the hedge hog, each oval shows a picture of each one of the other animals going to find other pieces of her clothing to put on. It's helping bring the story all together for the end when all the animals are wearing her clothes, even though they made fun of Hedgie for it. ( )
  JamieLewis | Oct 27, 2014 |
The Hat is about a cute little Heghodge finding a brand new hat in the middle of snow. Somewhere different from where the heghodge was, a girl lost her sock. Who knew that a sock, could become a hat and these worlds would collide. Perfect read along for any age. ( )
  jaelynculliford | Oct 1, 2014 |
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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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