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Children's LiteratureUsing the relationship of two married skunks, Harriet and Henry to tell her story, the author teaches colors and numbers to younger readers. (In the information about the author on the back flap of the book, Deak notes that she wrote this book for her three-year-old to do just this activity.) One morning Harriet decides that she needs a new hat and heads off to find one. At the various shops, she finds hats of all colors and in varying quantities, but in none does she find the hat of her dreams. She contemplates going home, but then remembers how many hats Henry has (and readers can count those with Harriet as she imagines them all) and decides to push on. Finally, she finds an amazing white hat at an antique store and takes it home, only to provide Henry a startled moment as a little mouse leaps from all of the white finery. The illustrations for this text are vivid and appropriate to the text. This is a charming read that will, indeed, support Deak's purpose in creating it. 2006, Star Bright Books, Ages 3 to 7.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.