From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A charming story about a hat and the comfort it provides. During a visit to his cousins' house, a young rabbit named Newton won't take off his knitted cap. Wizzie is willing to let it go, but Henry is determined that his cousin give up this security object, and first taunts, and then ignores his guest. In an act of empathy, Newton finally takes off his hat to comfort Wizzie, and the three characters learn valuable lessons. Young children will relate to this simply written story. Full- and half-page colorful illustrations featuring animals with expressive eyes and postures, all placed against uncluttered backgrounds, clearly depict the action in this amusing yet reassuring tale. Delightful.Leanna Manna, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY
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PreS. Keller gives young ones a gentle lesson in empathy, and even though children may not know the word, they will certainly understand the feelings the book engenders. Cousin Newton, a little bunny child, is coming to stay with Henry and his sister, Wizzie. When Newton arrives, he refuses to give up his "security blanket," in this case, his orange hat. Nor will he take it off at the table, in the bathtub, or even in bed. Henry thinks Newton is a pain, but Wizzie is sympathetic. Then when Wizzie has a bad day, it's Newton to the rescue, helping the only way he knows how--by letting her wear his hat. Keller's familiar artwork is always child friendly, and that's the case here, with rabbit children that look, act, and interact just as real kids do. The oversize art extends a text that could use slightly more action, but the mix of mirth and message still comes through. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved