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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story Of The Past, April 30, 2003
This review is from: When Everybody Wore a Hat (Junior Library Guild Selection) (Hardcover)
When Everybody Wore A Hat, written and illustrated by William Steig, is an affectionate and touching tribute to the author's childhood in the Bronx. William Steig is in his nineties. He begins his reflections by writing, "This is the story of when I was a boy, almost 100 years ago, when fire engines were pulled by horses, boys did not play with girls, kids went to libraries for books, there was no TV, you could see a movie for a nickel, and everybody wore a hat." It dawned on me after reading this story that the children of today wouldn't have the slightest inkling of the world William Steig grew up in. Having had a 104 year old great grand father to tell me stories of what the world was once like I simply took the idea for granted. When Everybody Wore A Hat is a grand way to introduce children to what the world once was like. The illustrations are childlike and convey a sense of longing and nostalgia. William Steig has created out of his own memories a profoundly moving and beautiful tribute to his childhood and the world of once was.
Preston McClear,
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