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The Hat Hardcover – September 29, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; Library Binding edition (September 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399231013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399231018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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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PreSchool-Grade 3. A clever and appealing picture book. In preparation for cold weather, Lisa takes her winter clothes out of their storage chest and hangs them up in the fresh air. A strong wind blows one of her knit socks off the line. A hedgehog sticks his head inside, and it becomes stuck on his quills. When a hen, goose, cat, dog, pig, and horse laugh at his appearance, he tries to salvage his dignity by telling each one that his new hat will keep him dry, warm, and cozy throughout the winter. Finally, Lisa finds him and removes her sock, telling him that animals don't wear clothing. But when she goes back to the clothesline, she sees all of the animals wearing her gloves, sweaters, and scarves on their heads. Brett's illustrations are done in her trademark style of highly detailed depictions of her characters and a creative use of borders. Contained within them are small illustrations foreshadowing what will happen next. Shades of grays and greens capture the chilly autumn landscape. Against this background, the earthy colors of the animals and the deep red of Lisa's sock make a stark contrast. The pictures, story, and subject matter make this a natural for sharing aloud. And while very young children may need to have the humor of Hedgie's predicament explained to them, the book's appeal will be broad.?Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Jan Brett is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gingerbread Friends, The Three Snow Bears, and The Mitten, as well as many other classics. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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Jan Brett is a talented author and illustrator.
Sherry Colegrove
For someone who often gets hung up on the words, I have to say I was a little dissapointed with this book, probably because I think it could have been so much more.
DeeDee Fox
Her unique writing style make her books very attractive and appealing to young children.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Hat is a must have for your child's library. The illustrations are fantastic and the story is so endearing. The children in my second grade class love to hear it again and again. However, beyond its appeal to children, The Hat is another example of children's lterature thats theme can be applied to adults as well. If you don't know of Jan Brett, I guarantee if you read this book you will fall in love with her.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Axe on June 13, 2007
Format: Board book
Get The Mitten instead, if you don't own it yet. This one is a little on the tedious side. You can see exactly where it's going from the very beginning and it doesn't have the peek-a-boo/sneeze joke in it that my daughter loves so much in The Mitten. To be honest, this is one of those books we have in our bookcase for variety and one of those ones where I skip parts just to get to the end of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "hurburgh" on December 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Franklin on April 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Jan Brett's picture book, The Hat, is about a hedgehog that gets a little girl's stocking stuck on his head. He says it is his new hat, but everyone makes fun of him. Eventually, though, all the animals pull something off the girl's clothesline to use as a hat. At the end, after she plucks the stocking off of the hedgehog, the little girl chases the other animals around the yard to try to gather her clothes. Illustrations are a wonderful way to enhance a story. They help the reader to really see what is happening. Jan Brett uses borders in her illustrations. Her borders inform the reader of what is going on in other parts of the story while at the same time foreshadowing what is to come.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As an early childhood educator and a lover of good literature for children, I am a huge fan of Jan Brett. This title won't disappoint for reading aloud with young children. The illustrations are beautiful and add a whole other layer to the story, making this book one you and your child can read again and again noticing something new on every page.
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on February 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Another Brett story to treasure! I was so thrilled to see my husband had picked up four Brett stories for me to read to our sons ~~ I love her illustrations and I love her story. She has an imagination that is just beguiling and refreshing to read.
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.
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