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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Jason's grandfather dies, his grandmother gives him the hat his grandfather wore when they shared good times together. In a quiet, gentle tone, Jason tells of how they made matching snowmen with pickles for eyes, and how, when freshly gathered eggs broke inside the hat, the old man said, ``I guess the yolk's on me.'' At book's end, Jason practices tipping his hat and saying ``Mornin' '' as his grandfather used to and concludes that he needs to grow up before he can ``wear his grandfather's hat.'' While newcomer Scheller has created likable characters, her first-person narrative often seems too sophisticated for the voice of a child. Narahashi ( Who Said Red? ; Who Wants One? ) deviates from her familiar style and artfully mimics the pencil drawings of children, subtly suggesting the emotional bond Jason shares with his grandfather. Nonetheless, her scumbled, thoughtful drawings do not mitigate the slightly therapeutic tone of this message book about how memories can aid those dealing with grief. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Jason's grandfather is a kindly, unflappable character whose hat reflects his easy-going approach to life. He doffs it at passersby, perches it atop a snowman, and even uses it to carry eggs. Once, when Jason accidentally squashes the fedora, Grandpa merely pops it back into shape. When the old man dies, most of his possessions are sold and Jason is left with his memories--and the hat. Soft-focused watercolor and pencil illustrations convey the homey, comforting ambience of this subdued story. Rather than dealing directly with the sorrow over a loved one's death, it concentrates on the solace to be gained from fond memories. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689505409
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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