Miss Hunnicutt's Hat

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From the creators of the 310,000-copy New York Times bestseller THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT, a delightful celebration of the eccentric in all of us!

Miss Hunnicutt is wearing her new hat from Paris--and it has a CHICKEN on it! Everyone knows you can't wear a chicken on your head!

The prim little town of Littleton is in a tizzy preparing for a visit from the Queen. So when Miss Hunnicutt steps out in her new hat, the stuffy townsfolk are scandalized. ...

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Overview

From the creators of the 310,000-copy New York Times bestseller THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT, a delightful celebration of the eccentric in all of us!

Miss Hunnicutt is wearing her new hat from Paris--and it has a CHICKEN on it! Everyone knows you can't wear a chicken on your head!

The prim little town of Littleton is in a tizzy preparing for a visit from the Queen. So when Miss Hunnicutt steps out in her new hat, the stuffy townsfolk are scandalized. The chicken has to go! But plucky Miss Hunnicut stands up for her right to wear what she likes. And when the Queen's arrival prompts a surprising turn of events, the townspeople learn to celebrate the silly eccentricities that make life interesting.

Miss Hunnicutt is determined to wear her new hat adorned with a live chicken for the Queen's visit despite the disapproval of the other townspeople.

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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

Publishers Weekly
This text-heavy, millinery-happy return engagement from the collaborators of The Quiltmaker's Gift is to picture books what Carmen Miranda was to headdress-over the top. On the day of the Queen's visit, the prim and proper townsfolk of Littleton are appalled when Miss Hunnicutt appears in her new hat from Paris, brimming with chicken feathers: "And the feathers were still stuck to the chicken who was happily clucking away on Miss Hunnicutt's head." The normally docile Miss Hunnicutt digs in her heels when confronted by her outraged neighbors. "I'm pretty sure I have the right to wear what I like. And I won't wear a rhinoceros and I won't wear a poodle. But I'd like to wear a chicken, if you don't mind, and wear it on my head." The ensuing uproar is both messy (the bakery and soda trucks collide) and embarrassing (the mayor delivers a stern lecture), but Miss Hunnicutt holds her ground, and her pluck is vindicated when the Queen turns out to be a kindred spirit in the haberdashery department. For all the outrageousness of the set-up, the message about the value of tolerance, diversity and standing up for oneself still seems a bit ponderous. The watercolor illustrations, while displaying a perky palette and often amusing touches, are at the same time cluttered and chaotic. Endpapers feature a flurry of fanciful chapeaux (including the rhino and poodle), while the book jacket reverses to what is billed as a "panoramic poster" of Miss Hunnicutt's hometown, replete with animals and figures for readers to locate. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature
Miss Hunnicutt is taking a stand. She has had enough of being bossed around by others. Unfortunately for the little town of Littleton, Miss Hunnicutt decides to take a stand on the one day that the Queen is coming through town. Miss Hunnicutt has decided to wear a beautiful hat from Paris on her head. On top of the hat is perched a very handsome, very alive, chicken. The people of Littleton try to get Miss Hunnicutt to remove her hat, some even order her to do so, but Miss Hunnicutt will not be bullied into taking off her glorious hat. She has a "right to wear what I like" and that is that. As it happens, the Queen has a great fondness for unusual hats and has a very odd hat of her own to show off. Beautifully and colorfully illustrated, this book is the second written by Jeff Brumbeau and illustrated by Gail de Marcken. Though it may not have the same magic as The Quiltmaker's Gift, this is a delightful story which shows that one can stand up for ones beliefs (even if they are peculiar) and get away with it. 2003, Orchard Books,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-When residents of Littleton receive word that the Queen might stop by, they engage in a flurry of activity to beautify the town. Perfectionists all, they cannot bear it when Miss Hunnicutt appears wearing her new hat, complete with a live chicken, perched on top of her head. "It has to go!" is the general consensus. But the woman stands her ground, creating chaos all around her as distracted citizens allow cats to escape up a tree and leave water running, causing a mudslide that coats streets and people alike; and trucks carrying the royal cake and raspberry soda collide, scattering their contents everywhere. Just when things can't get any worse, the monarch arrives, sporting a surprise of her own. Brumbeau's lengthy text reveals an increasingly confident Miss Hunnicutt who first says in a tiny voice: "I think I might have the right to wear what I like"; then states firmly: "I'm pretty sure I have the right to wear what I like"; and finally asserts in a voice "both loud and sure": "I have the right to wear what I like!" The watercolor illustrations are large and extremely busy, reflecting the copious beautifying activities and subsequent pandemonium. Cats wearing funny hats are everywhere. Mud-splattered townsfolk tumble across spreads, while falling strawberries and soda cover everything. Beneath the book's jacket is a panoramic view of Littleton and readers can hunt for all 27 of Miss Bisbee's cats. Endpapers filled with outlandish hats and many visual jokes will keep youngsters amused for some time.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Brumbeau and de Marcken (The Quiltmaker's Gift, 2001) turn their attention from a kindly but determined quilter and a greedy king to a kindly queen and a determined lady who wears a Parisian hat with a live chicken on top. The conventional townspeople are outraged at this fashion faux pas, as their queen is due to arrive for a visit, and they are sure that Miss Hunnicutt and her hat will be an embarrassment. When the queen arrives with her own unusual hat sporting a live turkey, she trades hats with Miss Hunnicutt and invites her to the palace for a party. The townspeople immediately all start wearing hats with various fowl on top, but Miss Hunnicutt, style setter that she is, moves on to an even more unusual hat, with a porcupine to suit her rather prickly nature. De Marcken's busy watercolor illustrations provide lots of amusing details in panoramic views of the old-fashioned town, including a poster-sized representation on the reverse side of the volume's jacket. The endpapers show Miss Hunnicutt trying on an astonishing assortment of hats with living decorations, which might have made an intriguing story themselves. Though the hats with live adornment have a certain amount of appeal, the overly long, somewhat pedantic story fails to convey in a meaningful way the intended message of respecting individual style, and the story's attempts at humor never achieve a satisfying fit. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439318952
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/17/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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