- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590647512
- ISBN-13: 978-0590647519
- ASIN: 0590120573
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hat Paperback – 1998
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This book takes you into a beautiful winter wonderland.
Inspired by a visit to Hans Christian Andersen's home in Denmark, Jan Brett's latest work is a triumph of the illustrator's art.
The story is simple. It is in part inspired by Jan's earlier success with "The Mitten". We see Hedgie the hedgehog getting his nose stuck inside a woollen sock.
The beauty of the book is in the clever use of the double page format of the illustrations. We have a large central panel, which is almost like a window, where we see most of the activity. Along the top of the page we have a long narrow panel which shows the clothesline, with the items gradually disappearing as they are borrowed by the animals. On the left side we have an oval "mirror" which shows young Lisa (the owner of the hat and other clothes on the line) going about her household chores.
In the right panel we have another small oval pane, which tells us who is coming next. We get to see the succession of animals (hedgehog, hen, goose, cat, dog, pig, and horse) each eventually wearing an item of clothing they have stolen off the line. We don't see what the animals have done in the main frame until the end of the book. It's one of those picture books that you can go back to many times to pick up the various clues.
The use of the four windows on each double page gives an almost split-screen cinematic quality to the book. We get a multi-threaded and linked storyline which any web oriented reader would appreciate. This innovative approach works very well and we can expect to see more picture books pick up on this story telling technique.Read more ›
Be sure to check out Jan Brett's other titles, and visit her website at [...] It may be the best author website I've seen, with lots of activities and props to print for use at school or home.
This one is about Lisa who takes her woolens out of her chest to air out in preparation for winter. Then when the wind blew one of her stockings off the line, a hedgehog gets in trouble when he couldn't get it off his head after he poked to see what was in the stocking. Because of his new fashion statement, the other animals in the barnyard decided to be fashionable too and "borrowed" Lisa's clothes to wear as hats.
The pictures are hilarious as well as beautifully-drawn! My sons love looking at her pictures. I love reading it. It's not long and drawn-out like a lot of children's books. It's whimiscal and imaginative.
This is another must-read for every child and her/his parents.
Brett incorporates small pictures in her borders to give the reader clues to what is going on in other parts of the story. For example, while the animals are being introduced in the main illustration, illustrations of Lisa, the little girl, appear in the left-hand side of the borders. These pictures show her inside her house doing things such as reading and watering the plants. Later in the story, these illustrations are reversed: Lisa appears in the main picture and the animals appear in the border. This is because Lisa becomes the focus of the story when she finds that the hedgehog is wearing her stocking; whereas, before the animals are the main focus of the story. William Moebius explains this when he says, "the frame enables the reader to identify with a world inside and outside the story" (150). At the top of the border, there is a picture of the clothesline. This shows the progress of the story. Each time an animal takes a piece of clothing, that piece of clothing no longer appears on the clothesline.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book given as a gift with a stuffed hedgehog. It as a hit with a four year old.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Cynthia C. Roelofs
I love Jan Brett, and this book is an adorable companion to the Mitten. Lovely pictures for children and I like the slightly preposterous story lines involving animals. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MamaBear83