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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014056442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140564426
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is sweet, beautiful, and a lovely story.
R. MACEGAN
This book was too cute, and we got to see Peter grow!
JBeans
I recommend this book for a little girl ages 3-6.
Carolina Mommy

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ken Miller on June 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
My two year old loves Whistle for Willie, and Goggles, both by Ezra Jack Keats. I brought home _A Letter To Amy_ from the library to let him have a look.
_A Letter To Amy_ is the story of Peter, who has an upcoming birthday. He wants to invite Amy with a letter, because she's a special friend. Peter is worried that the boys at his party won't like Amy because she's a girl. He writes a letter to Amy, and tries to mail it.
This book has the same illustration style as Whistle for Willie... very patchy, abstract, and easy to enjoy. The story is great. I know that older kids love Ezra Jack Keats' picture books-- and I'm telling you my 2 year old does, too!
He calls this book AMY BOOK, and we read it over and over again.
ken32
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a story of Peter who is having a birthday. He writes a special letter to Amy to invite her to the party. The other guests will be boys so he just asked them. As Peter went out to mail his letter Amy almost saw. He was not nice to her and thought see might not come to his party. The day for the party came and finally Amy arrived. The boys didn't like it because a girl was at the party. I thought this book would be a wonderful story to read in my first grade classroom. I could use it for a mini-lesson on how to write invitations and addressing envelopes. Also, it could be used to promote friendships between boys and girls.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1997
Format: Paperback
I was thrilled to see that "Jennie's Hat" was once again available. I first "met" Jennie in the library of one of the elementary schools that I served as an art teacher. I liked the story and loved the illustrations which feature clever and colorful collages. It was the collage illustrations that led me to adapting an introductory collage lesson that I've presented to my fourth graders for years. It became a lesson that I always looked forward to as the children really enjoyed both the story (which I modified slightly to include children in the class) and the art activity derived from the story.

The lesson evolved over my 32 years in elementary education but the story of "Jennie's Hat" has remained a timeless constant. I am ordering a copy of the book as a gift for my student teacher who will hopefully carry on the activity.

Carl A. Hess
Art Teacher
Hamburg (PA) Area School District
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary O'Callaghan on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book in the Ezra Jack Keats series is wonderful. I am relatively new to this author but have fallen for all the books that my 3 year old and I have read so far. It is wonderfully illustrated and the simple text makes it a winner. A great addition to any childs library and a series that merits collecting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Wezniak on May 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Found this book after a recent move - in a box - with a billion other books - I haven't seen it in years - though I do remember and am grateful to find it again - Going to buy a copy for my sister (Jennie)Wonderful and joyous!!!
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In this story a little girl awaits and wonders what her new hat will look like. She imagines all types of fancy ones but when it arrives it's just a plain little girl hat. She is disappointed and a little angry. She goes off and tries different things for a hat. and as she is thinking about her new hat she goes out and feeds the birds and animals outside; thinking of them. She goes to church with her parents and see all the fancy pretty hats everyone is wearing and when church is over and she goes out. Her friends the birds and animals remember her kindness they bring leaves, ribbons, various things they've found and bring and put it on her hat. Helping make her hat a special one. Kindness given is kindness brought back... a special thought that is wonderful to teach children!
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By R. MACEGAN on February 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
My daughters and I love the pictures in this book. It is sweet, beautiful, and a lovely story. We especially love the birds! We recently bought this book for a friend who was diagnosed with cancer and had a hat party where she received all sorts of hats and everyone wore a a theme hat to support her in her fight.
I am happy to report that she has made a miraculous recovery. Along with my prayers, I made a hat fashioned to represent this book's hat and a Jane Austin style hat and I decided to send this book to her. I hope she enjoyed it as much as we do.
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By T. Mendivil on November 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I teach in an urban school and the first thing my kids noticed is that Peter and Amy are black. That instantly drew them in. Its hard to find books sometimes that show kids that look like them so for that reason I love the book and would recommend it and all Ezra Jack Keats books to teacher who teach in urban settings. Its important that kids see people who look like them in the media and especially books because most of them don't like to read and if I the people look like them, it interests them just that little bit more. Anything to get them reading.
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