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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—Mrs. Goldman is a knitter, and she uses her talents to show love and affection for everyone in her neighborhood by making them all hats. Sophia receives her first hat from Mrs. Goldman when she is a tiny baby, and she grows up to spend time helping Mrs. Goldman add the finishing touches to her knitted hats by making pom-poms. During a cold prewinter walk, Sophia notices that Mrs. Goldman's head is bare because she spends all of her time knitting for others. Sophia makes it her mitzvah (good deed, as Mrs. Goldman taught her) to use her limited knitting skills to make Mrs. Goldman a hat. Sophia works hard but finds that her finished product has a few holes in it. Feeling discouraged for a moment, the child remembers Mrs. Goldman's praise of her pom-poms, and she adds red pom-poms to any areas that are bare; Mrs. Goldman is delighted. Mixed-media illustrations showcase the research the illustrator put into learning how to knit to faithfully execute the artwork. Soft lines and muted color choices give the illustrations a look that perfectly complements the art form. Back matter includes a pattern for making a knitted hat and instructions for making pom-poms. The hat pattern does require adult assistance and a basic working knowledge of knitting, though the pom-poms could easily be accomplished by a novice. VERDICT This heartwarming offering achieves its emotional impact through the loving actions of its main characters and makes for a great read-aloud whether shared one-on-one or with a group in storytime.—Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
“Edwards' story radiates warmth and coziness and is a delight to share.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This heartwarming offering achieves its emotional impact through the loving actions of its main characters and makes for a great read-aloud whether shared one-on-one or with a group in storytime." — School Library Journal, starred review
"It’s a supremely lovely story, a tribute to the rewards of grit and selflessness; Edwards’s (Max Makes a Cake) unadorned, emotionally genuine text is as winning as the pictures." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A lovely book to share and discuss, and the hat pattern is included!"— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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If you knit, please share this book with your (grand)children.