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Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) Paperback – February 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: And Crab Cakes Later
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039572077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395720776
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

PW called this picture book "an affecting portrait of a black American family," also praising Ransome's "elegant, expressive" oil paintings. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- On Sunday afternoon, two little girls visit their Great-great-aunt Flossie, whose house is full of books, pictures, and "boxes and boxes and boxes of HATS," each of which has a story to go along with it. A woolly winter hat still smelling faintly of smoke was worn by Aunt Flossie when, as a child, she witnessed the great Baltimore fire. The dark blue one with a red feather was perched on her head when, as a young woman, she watched a parade welcoming home black veterans of World War I. These reminiscences paint an interesting portrait of regional African-American history, but the highlight of the book is the girls' favorite story, which features themselves and the day the wind blew Aunt Flossie's best Sunday hat into the river. Based on Howard's memories of her own feisty, 98-year-old aunt, this is a lyrical, entertaining story that rings with authenticity. Ransome's distinguished oil paintings are gorgeous, but frustratingly dark at times. A compelling book that will draw readers back again and again. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first bought this book as a requirement for an elementary education course. When it was time for me to develop a back pack project (take home activity projects) for my students...this one was soooo easy to use. I made mine a "hatbox project." Since the girls in the story, Sarah and Susan, visit Aunt Flossie and listen to her tell the history of her hats, I had my students take home a hatbox full of art supplies and a hat. Each student had to decorate a hat that represented themselves. Then, they had to write the history of their hats and share it with their classmates. It was a great success!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my fourth grade class as an introduction to our study of history. It began a great discussion about the past, what people remember, and why. We also talked about families and how we are connected to each other. The book beautifully illustrates how a family history develops from the stories we tell each other. It's a book to be shared with the children you care about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a mother of an 2yr old boy and a 4yr old girl. They both love this story. The audio tape is done very well and it really captures the sounds and emotions of each event Aunt Flossie's recalls. My children have there own tapeplayer and they play it over and over. My husband and I like the music in the story so we don't mind the children's constant replay.
I highly recommend this book to any one who enjoys an great story from a special aunt. I strongly recommend the book and tape for littles ones who love repettion and parents who don't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it was a real life story. When we go to my grandmother's house she always cooks a special macaroni for us just like the grandmother in this book cooks crabcakes. My grandmother lives in Butterfield, North Carolina. I love my grandmother a lot. I believe people who love their families will like this book alot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trisici on August 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I actually heard this story straight from the authors mouth. I was in the authors daughter's first grade class at Hyattsville Elementry School in MD, and she had her mother (Elizabeth Howard) come in and read the story to us. I like the book and read it to my children all the time.
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By Veronica on April 1, 2014
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Fun book, great story, found this at the library my kids loved it so much had to order it. Excellent :')!
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By Lelah2 on October 22, 2012
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This an absolutely beautiful book for any little girl! It brings memories of my trying on and wanting to wear my Grandmother's hats. Any young black girl can relate to the wonderment of wearing gorgeous hats like grandmama did! I use this selection in my elementary class yearly to build self esteem and develop cultural awareness in my students.
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