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This Is Not My Hat Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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Reviewer: Abbygail aged 6
and her Grammy, aged old
Abbygail says: My (first grade) science teacher read "I Want My Hat Back" and I liked it. I read "This Is Not My Hat" by myself with Grammy's help.
The words were easy or hard to read. I sounded-out the hard words and now they are easy.
I liked the story and I liked the big fish. The bubbles create movement.
The little fish was bad and the big fish was just a big fish. You don't steal from a big fish.
Grammy says: Jon was kind enough to speak at the bookseller convention and explain his thought process in creating this book. I was going to take notes but I was laughing too hard.
I found the colors muted - mostly in browns, greens, greys, and black. The drawings were simple. The language was limited and the story line very straight forward. The dialog is all little fish comments. The big fish actually shows all the emotions Jon Klassen proves himself an expert at editing both language and content. In other words, Jon is a genius.
My first grade Abbygail has taken to reading and easily read most of little fish comments. The words she had problems with like "probably" and "won't" were repeated over and over and she quickly recognized them. This is a quick read even for a noobie reader and at first she wanted to race through the story until she noticed the EYE... and then later the bubbles which she explained to me shows movement. "See grammy big fish isn't moving because bubbles go up... and now big fish is moving."
Be prepared to read this book over and over. There is a moral. The ending is open for discussion.
The artwork for This is Not My Hat is every bit as wickedly delightful as the earlier book's, with a bit more of a build-up in the tension and a seek-and-find on one of the two-page spreads.
The story takes place in the bottom of the sea where small fish will steal a hat from a large one. Being overconfident that large fish won't notice what happened, young reader will see that big fish is following small one across the seaweed bushes.
On the last few pages small fish will be gone and, while large fish will be again wearing the hat, what happened to small one is left for each child to speculate...
Although "This is Not My Hat" has simple story, its unusual and intriguing end together with its theme of taking something that is not yours makes it different from the most books written for children.
And due to these reasons, this book allows parents to read it with their children and from an early age instill the right value that's not good to take other people's things, no matter how much they seem small or their absence unnoticeable for the owner - otherwise some consequences will certainly happen.
It's great that the author avoided showing any violent scenes; instead he left to the imagination of parents and children to speculate what happened to the little naughty fish.
Therefore, this educational, beautifully written and nicely illustrated story can be recommended to every young reader - except that it will entertain children, it will enable them to learn an important life lesson.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of reviews complain that this book teaches stealing is ok. They miss the point. The book communicates that stealing is wrong in a joint effort between the illustrations and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sue
I picked this book up at a library when my children were looking for books. I sat down and read it. I was laughing out loud, quietly, and checked it out to share with my family,... Read morePublished 14 days ago by J.M.
I buy books for my nephew, who turned 1 on Christmas Day. My brother and sister-in-law read to him every day so I buy all ranges of books to add variety for them (the adults). Read morePublished 15 days ago by Stephanie
I love the art in this book. My 2 year old daughter loves having this read to her. Definitely worth a look.Published 22 days ago by Walk2345
Jon Klassen is one of my favorite illustrators...but here, not only does he create a perfect picture, he writes a perfect book. Clever!Published 28 days ago by S.K.S.
Adorable book and quality illustrations.
Not too many pages, but the book itself is cute for adults and children.
This is a great book. Simple and amusing. It allows a good discussion of why you shouldn't take what is not yours. My three-year-old loves it.Published 1 month ago by TypeAMomof2