A Hat For Minerva Louise (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Minerva Louise, a snow-loving chicken, mistakes a pair of mittens for two hats to keep both ends warm.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyFirst 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 BagelWhen 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 JournalPreS-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
Lauren PetersonYoung readers will delight in the antics of curious Minerva Louise, who ventures out on a brisk snowy morning determined not to let the cold keep her from playing and exploring. She sets off in search of warmth with humorous results: she mistakes a pair of gardening gloves for shoes, a hose for a scarf, and a flowerpot for a hat. Her efforts are finally rewarded when she spots a pair of mittens in the snow and manages to don them both--one on her head and one on her tail. Charming illustrations composed of flat, simple shapes boldly outlined in thick, black line combine with large type and limited text to make this not only attractive to look at, but also appealing to beginning readers. Stoeke, whose "Minerva Louise" (1988) won Dutton's Picture Book Competition, has a winning character in the little hen, and it seems likely that this second adventure won't be the last for the loony, lovable bird.
- Sanval, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
- Product dimensions:
- 9.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 2 - 4 Years
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