- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First edition (March 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374327947
- ISBN-13: 978-0374327941
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,121,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hat That Wore Clara B. Hardcover – March 31, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3—It is Mother's Sunday, "when the older ladies dressed in crisp white suits and wore clean white gloves…and hats. Big, bold, beautifully colored hats." Clara B. is in a rush to sit into the pew just behind the lady with the best one—her grandmother. When complimented on her broad-brimmed pink chapeau, the woman responds, "Honey, I'm not wearing this hat. The hat is wearing me!" Clara is not allowed to touch it, but she is determined to try it on. Later, when her grandmother dozes off in an armchair, Clara finally gets her hands on the hat. In the bedroom, she stumbles and accidentally crushes it. Then she tries to repair it, snipping and gluing with "supplies from Grandma's craft drawer." She returns it to the box with a note of apology. The next Mother's Sunday, Clara is apprehensive, but then she finds a pink hatbox labeled "Child's Medium" on her pew seat. In many African-American churches, it is customary for women to wear elegant, stylish, often large, elaborate hats, especially on Mother's Sunday. Turner-Denstaedt provides a brief explanation of this tradition. Morrison's large and expressive paintings are suffused with warmth and reflect the text beautifully. This is a wonderful family story that celebrates the bond between generations.—Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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“The illustrative oil paintings are at their best in the vivid crowd scenes: the pageantry in the African-American church, with the styles carrying from elders to youth is rich and glorious.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A wonderful family story that celebrates the bond between generations.” —School Library Journal
“Morrison’s illustrations superbly complement the words, sequential panels drawing out Clara B.’s boredom as she waits for her opportunity, full-bleed spreads skillfully varying perspective and composition to tell the story, fine-tuned pacing leading up to the inevitable moment when Clara B. crushes Grandma’s hat.” —Kirkus Reviews