This is not a storybook, but an early reading book. It has a story to it, but reads in short simple phrases describing the different hats. Like most of these Bright and Early Board books, it is taken from an old Bright and Early book and the the original story is a bit condensed, but this one doesn't lose much. The pace is sped up a little, which is not all that bad. Just don't be surprised if you're a book purist who enjoyed the original. I enjoy both versions now, and my little girls (aged 1-3), who don't know the difference, love the easy to remember words and rhyming flow of this super simple story. The older two have it memorized and love to "read" it back to me!