Miss Fannie's Hat

Miss Fannie's Hat

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by Jan Karon, Toni Goffe
     
 

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The star of Miss Fannie's Hat is based on Jan Karon's own grandmother. "My grandmother, Miss Fannie, was so wonderful I wanted to share her with everyone," says Jan Karon. "I wrote Miss Fannie's Hat to give both children and adults a sense of family, to give them the grandmother or great-grandmother they never had, or always wished they had. Briefly,See more details below

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The star of Miss Fannie's Hat is based on Jan Karon's own grandmother. "My grandmother, Miss Fannie, was so wonderful I wanted to share her with everyone," says Jan Karon. "I wrote Miss Fannie's Hat to give both children and adults a sense of family, to give them the grandmother or great-grandmother they never had, or always wished they had. Briefly, the story is about sacrifice-and the rewards that can come when we give with a willing heart."

Ninety-nine year old Miss Fannie has lots of hats, and she loves them all. But her favorite is the pink straw hat with the silk roses. That's the one Miss Fannie has worn on Easter Sunday for the past thirty-five years. When Miss Fannie's preacher asks her to donate one of her precious hats to the church auction, choosing which one to part with is no small task. This heartwarming story about the rewards of unselfish love will enchant readers young and old.

A delightful story about a delightful lady. (Children's Literature)

A sweet, gentle story. (School Library Journal)

This cheerful story offers a worthy message. (Publishers Weekly)

Author Biography: Jan Karon is the author of the best-selling Mitford series, including At Home in Mitford and A New Song, and the children's book Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this tale about an elderly lady who sells her prized hat to finance a new church garden "a cheerful story that offers a worthy message while avoiding a didactic tone." All ages. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This is a delightful story about a delightful lady. Miss Fannie is ninety-nine years old. As the years go by, she seems to be getting smaller and smaller, but she still fusses over how she looks when she goes to church on Sunday. Miss Fannie has a collection of hats. So many hats in fact that she never seems to wear the same one twice. One Sunday the preacher asks her to contribute one of the hats to the fund-raising auction. Miss Fannie closes herself in her room, looks at all her hats and asks the Lord to help her make the right choice. It's a difficult decision for Miss Fannie because each one of the hats has a memory connected with it. Her favorite is the pink straw Easter bonnet with silk roses. It is as beautiful as the flowers that bloom each spring. Miss Fannie decides to part with the hat to help the church and she is rewarded in a very special manner. A storyboard with stickers is included with the book and will add to the young reader's enjoyment.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Miss Fannie is 99 years old, and has been wearing hats to church as long as anyone can remember. Members of the congregation always comment on her chapeaus, which range from red felt and feathers to her favorite pink straw hat with silk roses. When the church decides to have a fund-raiser, they ask the woman for one of her hats for the auction. She asks God to help her decide which one to donate and reminisces about them, revealing details of her life. Finally, she makes the biggest sacrifice: her favorite hat, which brings in enough money to fix the churchand plant flowers the color of her hat. Goffe's line-and-watercolor illustrations have a cartoonlike quality, yet the warm colors fit the story and the hats are well drawn. The book includes reusable stickers and a storyboard, which will not last long in libraries. Adult fans of Karon's work may want to share it with youngsters, and church libraries will proudly display it on their shelves. A sweet, gentle story.Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806635262
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.32(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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