The top-notch team who brought you The Quiltmaker's Gift returns with an outlandish story about an independent-minded woman's new hat and the commotion it causes.
On the day the Queen is due to visit Littleton, Miss Hunnicutt is sporting a snappy new chapeau -- from Paris, no less. The only problem is, the townsfolk think the hat is a little too lively. In fact, there's a live chicken perched on top! When the daring trendsetter steps outside, she meets a critical Mrs. McSnoot, whose large poodle winds up chasing Miss Bisbee's 27 cats up a tree, which causes a towel-clad Miss Whimple to jump out her bathroom window, and…well, you get the picture. There are lots more mishaps blamed on Miss Hunnicut's new fashion accessory, but in the end, the determined dowager is vindicated. For when the Queen finally arrives, it turns out she and Miss Hunnicut are truly birds of a feather.
This plucky tale about confidence and independence will have kids laughing out loud while reinforcing the message that being different can lead to wonderful things. We give this great read-aloud story three cheers -- or, make that three clucks. Matt Warner