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The Hat by Jan Brett

The Hat

by Jan Brett

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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 |
The Hat by Jan Brett is a lovely story to introduce winter into the classroom. Other than just being a cute story, I wouln't recommend it to any grades higher than 3rd grade. ( )
  jaelynculliford | Sep 19, 2014 |
I found this book to be very short and sweet. Although the author did a great job with the context of the book, I have to say the illustrations made the story more endearing. The illustrator and the author did a great job of giving each of the animals their very own personalities, especially the hedgehog.The message that stuck out to me throughout this story was to march to the beat of your own drum, no matter people say. The idea of this is so important in children. Often times kids are scared to be themselves because of the scrutiny of others. Hedgie wears his sock as a hat with pride even after all of the animals tell him how silly he looks with it on. Despite the ridicule the other animals gave Hedgie about his hat, he continued to hold his ground and give them reasons why he loves his hat, " everyone should wear a hat in winter when its cold and snowy,"he replied to the horse who questioned what was on his head. I also enjoyed how the book came to an end. The ending lifted Hedgies spirits when he saw all of his animal friends wearing clothes on their heads as hats. ( )
  kcrous3 | Sep 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399231013, Hardcover)

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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