The Hatby Jan Brett
When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the closeline, Hedgie can't resist poking his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking is stuck on his prickles. At first the other animals laugh at the sight/i>
A Publishers Weekly #1 bestseller, Jan Brett's heartwarming story of Hedgie the hedgehog's misadventures in the snow has become a family favorite.
When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the closeline, Hedgie can't resist poking his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking is stuck on his prickles. At first the other animals laugh at the sight of him, but when they realize they might like something to keep their heads dry and ears warm, too, even more silliness ensues.
Like its companion The Mitten, The Hat is now available as a wonderful board book to share with young children.
"Brett's signature art introduces animal characters as endearing and expressive as those who congregated in her earlier book's expandable white mitten." —Publishers Weekly
"A clever and appealing picture book. . . . The pictures, story, and subject matter make this a natural for sharing aloud." —School Library Journal
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 6.20(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 1 - 3 Years
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By Jan Brett
Putnam Publishing GroupCopyright © 1997 Jan Brett
All right reserved.
Chapter OneWinter was coming. Lisa took out her warm clothes.
She was hanging them up when the wind blew away one of her socks.
Hedgie found it, poked his nose in and got stuck. Oh no! he thought. I'll never get this off.
"Cackle, cackle," the mother hen said. "What's that thing on your head, Hedgie?"
"Why, it's my new hat," he sniffed. "Oh," said the mother hen. And off she ran.
"Honk! Honk! Ho, ho," the gander laughed. "Laugh, Gander. But when it rains, my hat will keep me dry."
Hmmm, the gander thought. And off he ran.
"Meow," the barn cat called down. "You look funny today, Hedgie." "Maybe, but I will be warm in the snow." "Ah ha ..." purred the cat. And off he ran.
"Is that you in a hat, Hedgie?" the farm dog barked.
"Why not? It's very cozy," he said.
Her ears perked up. "Woof! Woof!" And off she ran.
"Oink! Oink!" the mama pig squeled. "What are you up to, Hedgie?"
"Making sure my hat doesn't blow off." "I see," said the mama pig. And off she ran.
"You look ridiculous, Hedgie!" the pony snorted.
"Why? Shouldn't everyone wear a hat in the ice and snow?"
Good idea! the pony thought. And off he ran.
Hedgie just wanted to be alone.
Everyone was laughing at him with this thing on his head.
Even Lisa was running after him. "Stop!" She wanted her sock back.
"Oh, no," Hedgie said. "Now the girl is laughing at me too!"
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Meet the Author
With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."
As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."
Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."
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Love all of Jan Brett's books no matter what. Kids love them too. My niece is a 1st grade school teacher and she says Jan Brett is one of her favorite authors.
A very charming and heartwarming book. "The Hat" is an engaging and humorous little story that children like to follow along with. Just the job if you're looking for a few cozy minutes before a nap.
i love it! its so funny i like when hegie wears the sock and my teacher read it to my class when my teacher read it in school she made some funny voices.
In this story you will see Lisa getting ready for winter by taking her clothes out of the chest. She hangs them up outside on a clothesline only to find out she lost her stocking. Hedgie poked his nose inside the stocking and his prickles stuck to it! The other animals on the farm see Hedgie and start making fun of him. At the end of the story the other animals find Lisa¿s clothes and wear them as hats also! You would like this story because it has a silly ending. We like the characters and the pictures are beautiful. Read this story because it would make you happy!
This is a fun book to share with preschoolers. They think the illustrations are very silly! It is a great way to talk about being different.
Jan, Brett. The Hat Illustrated by an anonymous artist. G.P Putman¿s Sons 1997 I.S.B.N. 0-399-23101-3 The Hat, written by Jan Brett, illustrated by an anonymous artist, and printed in 1997, will fascinate young readers of ages seven through ten. This book teaches readers that they need to think twice before making fun of somebody. In the book, a little hedgehog named Hedgie accidentally finds himself in the most peculiar situation. The other animals where he lives makes fun of Hedgie. Ironically they actually end up imitating him. This is an excellent book because it is entertaining to see how the animals want to be just like Hedgie. It is also a lesson in kindness because it shows how people and animals feel when laughed at. If you are fond of animals, you will be interested from the beginning of the book because there are animals on the cover. If you enjoy this book, you should definitely read The Mitten, also written by Jan Brett.
This book is so beautifully illustrated that every time you read it you will discover something new. Kids really love the way the story unfolds and love to read it over and over. A very simple story without violence or being too cutesy. Highly recommended for ages 2-4 and for young readers as well!
I continue to purchase these books for my grandchildren now. They are delightful both in text and illustration-so much going on! I am Scandinavian besides so her books are a win-win!!!