Miss Fannie's Hat
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Miss Fannie's Hat

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by Jan Karon, Scott Bartel, 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,


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.

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

Product Details

Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
Edition description:
Book, CD, Reusable Stickers & Storyboard
Product dimensions:
11.04(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

Brief Biography

Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Lenoir, North Carolina

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Miss Fannie's Hat 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young children really enjoy this story and have fun looking at the drawings. I read this story to my daughter when she was in preschool (10 years ago) from a library book and remembered the story for use in a Sunday school class during Lent recently. I was amazed that it was still in print and available. So I had to buy a copy for my library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful little book to teach good morals to a young person. I highly recommend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This delightful story is entertaining and endearing. It has a great message for children and will remind adults of their own mothers/grandmothers. Miss Fannie is the quintessential 'little old church lady.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Fannie's Hat is a warm and delightful story about a caring woman who gives up her favorite hat to raise money for her church. Parents will appreciate the lesson of selflessness. Children will love the comical illustrations and the simple storyline.