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Shall I Knit You a Hat?: A Christmas Yarn Hardcover – September 9, 2004
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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A sweet tale of gift giving and friendship. When Mother Rabbit hears that a blizzard is expected to hit on Christmas Eve, she knits Little Rabbit a hat that shows off his long, beautiful ears. He loves it, and suggests that they give their animal friends hats as Christmas presents. Mother Rabbit agrees, and the two set off to take stealthy measurements, then carefully craft the hats to suit the personality and physical attributes of each animal. The finished products are, well, creative; the expressions on the animals' faces as they view their gifts in a mirror are priceless. However, when the snow begins to fall, the recipients quickly realize that their presents are just what they needed. This is a good selection for holiday sharing, but the detailed acrylic illustrations cry out for close inspection and would work best one-on-one or with a small group.–M. A.
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PreS. Knitting is such a popular pastime these days, it's no surprise that after Mother Rabbit hears there's a blizzard on the way, she knits a woolly blue cap to cover Little Rabbit's ears. Little Rabbit then suggests making Christmas presents of hats for their friends, and he distracts the horse, the goose, and the others while Mother measures for the chapeaus. Working feverishly (and with Little Rabbit's help), Mother finishes the hats, which are silly and cumbersome as well as very cute, just in time. The recipients' initial response is underwhelming, but after the snow starts flying, the animals quickly become appreciative. Young ones may not understand why there's no thank you from the animals at first, but even missing this point won't diminish their enjoyment much. The acrylic artwork glows with humor and radiates warmth. The design features a varied layout that finds full-page pictures loaded with details juxtaposed with spreads and pages decorated with cameo art. The author and artist, sisters who have collaborated on several illustrated novels, make a promising picture-book debut here. Ilene Cooper
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