A Hat for Minerva Louise

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The other chickens hate snowy mornings. But not Minerva Louise! To her a snowy day-like everything else- is an adventure. But this chilly, chipper hen needs something to keep her warm. What she finds-and how she finds it -will keep young readers cackling.

Minerva Louise, a snow-loving chicken, mistakes a pair of mittens for two hats to keep both ends warm.

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Overview

The other chickens hate snowy mornings. But not Minerva Louise! To her a snowy day-like everything else- is an adventure. But this chilly, chipper hen needs something to keep her warm. What she finds-and how she finds it -will keep young readers cackling.

Minerva Louise, a snow-loving chicken, mistakes a pair of mittens for two hats to keep both ends warm.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First things first: the eponymous hen, introduced in the 1988 book bearing her name, is a paragon of whimsy and charm. In a manner reminiscent of Charles Schulz's deceptively simple renderings of Snoopy, Stoeke invests her poultry protagonist with an abundance of character at the merest stroke of her pen. Here, the intrepid Minerva Louise ventures out of the henhouse on a crisp winter morning-``She wanted to stay out all day. But it was too cold.'' The search for suitable gear leads to several amusing cases of mistaken identity, until a pair of mittens is put to an ingenious (and thoroughly droll) use. As in the earlier book, Stoeke's colors are strong and clear, her shapes cleanly outlined and her text straightforward yet expressive. Hats off! Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
When Minerva Louise ventures out to enjoy the snowy morning, the other chickens look at her as if she's lost her giblets. But Minerva Louise is determined not to be cooped up. She loves snow and can't wait to start exploring. She'd like to stay out all day but it's too cold. That is unless she finds some warm things to wear. After searching with no success, she finds a creative solution that warms her up and brings hearty giggles to all who read about her adventure. This sequel follows author-illustrator Stoeke's first book, Minerva Louise, the 1986 Dutton Picture Book Competition winner. With its inventive story, bold colors, and playful images, it's likely to be another hit.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Minerva Louise, a white hen, likes snowy mornings. She wants to stay outside all day, but it's too cold. So, she goes looking for something warm to wear. After trying several inappropriate items (a flowerpot, a garden hose, etc.), she finds two mittens that make a fitting hat for her head...and for her tail. The illustrations, concentrating on basic shapes outlined in black with flat colors and limited details, complement the text. Despite this simplicity, Minerva Louise expresses a range of emotions from pleasure to curiosity, ending with a self-satisfied strut as she wears her mittens fore and aft. A great choice for story time.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140556667
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 296,050
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 60L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Stoeke

Janet Morgan Stoeke is the creator of the hen Minerva Louise, who has appeared in many books. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Visit her website at http://www.minervalouise.com

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