Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)

Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)

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by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, James E. Ransome
     
 

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Sunday afternoons are special for Sarah and Susan because that's when they visit Aunt Flossie -- she has a memorable collection of hats, each with a special story.  See more details below

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Sunday afternoons are special for Sarah and Susan because that's when they visit Aunt Flossie -- she has a memorable collection of hats, each with a special story.

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"Howard injects her quiet story with drama and humor, and she gets Aunt Flossie's voice just right. . . . Aunt Flossie's storytelling is evocative and colorful. . . . A wonderful family story set matter-of-factly in an African-American environment." Horn Book

"A lyrical, entertaining story that rings with authenticity. . . . Ransome's distinguished oil paintings are gorgeous. . . . A compelling book that will draw readers back again and again." School Library Journal

"A picture book warmly expressive of personal history and intergenerational affection." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this picture book ``an affecting portrait of a black American family,'' also praising Ransome's ``elegant, expressive'' oil paintings. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- On Sunday afternoon, two little girls visit their Great-great-aunt Flossie, whose house is full of books, pictures, and ``boxes and boxes and boxes of HATS,'' each of which has a story to go along with it. A woolly winter hat still smelling faintly of smoke was worn by Aunt Flossie when, as a child, she witnessed the great Baltimore fire. The dark blue one with a red feather was perched on her head when, as a young woman, she watched a parade welcoming home black veterans of World War I. These reminiscences paint an interesting portrait of regional African-American history, but the highlight of the book is the girls' favorite story, which features themselves and the day the wind blew Aunt Flossie's best Sunday hat into the river. Based on Howard's memories of her own feisty, 98-year-old aunt, this is a lyrical, entertaining story that rings with authenticity. Ransome's distinguished oil paintings are gorgeous, but frustratingly dark at times. A compelling book that will draw readers back again and again. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395720776
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
178,979
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

James Ransome has illustrated more than 35 books for children, including many award winners. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his wife, children's book author Lesa Cline Ransome, and their four children. Visit his website at www.jamesransome.com.

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Aunt Flossie's Hats 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aunt Flossie's Hat and Crab Cakes later was an assigned reading for a Children's Literature class that I am attending. I Really enjoyed this book and I loved the beautiful painted illustrations. It is a wonderful story about family generations and the storied that are passed down.