Under My Hood I Have a Hat


Winter is here and it's time to put on your gloves and mittens and scarf and hat and...

Only award-winning poet Karla Kuskin and illustrator Fumi Kosaka could make bundling up for the snow so much fun!

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Winter is here and it's time to put on your gloves and mittens and scarf and hat and...

Only award-winning poet Karla Kuskin and illustrator Fumi Kosaka could make bundling up for the snow so much fun!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kuskin delivers a witty ode to a child bundled up for wintry weather, using the text of a poem from her 1964 collection The Rose on My Cake. Kosaka (If You'll Be My Valentine, reviewed Dec. 6) introduces a dog into the proceedings, pictured prancing indoors with a girl on the title page. The young narrator proceeds to cheerfully describe her multitudinous layers of outwear as she flings them off. After removing her hood and hat, she states, "Under my coat/ my sweater's blue./ My sweater's red./ I'm wearing two." A silent spread breaks up the action as girl and puppy sit side-by-side at the table enjoying warm milk and piles of treats (both the human and canine kind). Kosaka gives the girl a pageboy haircut, and defines her face with delicate, black crescents to form her eyebrows, a thin, wide smile and the slightest suggestion of a nose-the heroine is a near ringer for the title character in her Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed. Following the brief snack, the duo is ready to head back outdoors: "My gloves were knitted by my aunts./ I've mittens too/ and pants/ and pants/ and boots/ and shoes/ with socks inside./ The boots are rubber, red and wide." A funny cautionary note at the tale's close should bring smiles to readers' faces. Kuskin's simple, timeless subject matter finds an expert accompaniment in Kosaka's cheerful illustrations. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This amusing poem is one that speaks directly to the world of the child, and it has been taken from Kuskin's collection The Rose on My Cake and brought to life with Kosaka's whimsical illustrations. The text is printed, a few words per page, in large type. A young girl describes all the layers she is wearing as she takes them off piece by piece. She then takes a break on a wordless double page, sharing a snack with her dog. Then more layers are added, until she is ready to go outside in the snow. But she "must not fall because/ I can't get up at all." Youngsters in cold climates in particular will respond to the outlined figures, softly colored and placed in isolation on solid color backgrounds, displaying the immobility they face in winter attire. The well-wrapped face here is presented with dot eyes and a linear mouth. The end-papers add a brief visual note. 2004 (orig. 1964), Laura Geringer Books/HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Kuskin's poem, which first appeared in her collection The Rose on My Cake (HarperCollins, 1964; o.p.), has been paired with playful pastel illustrations. A girl and her dog go inside after romping in the snow. Short verses describe how she takes off her winter gear: "Under my hood/I have a hat/and under that/my hair is flat." After a snack of cookies and a hot drink, the child goes through the process of getting dressed to go back outdoors, donning a muffler, gloves, two pairs of pants, and red rubber boots. Finally, she is bundled from head to toe: "And when I walk/I must not fall/because/I can't get up at all." The endpapers set the tone by showing footprints in the snow. The simplicity of the art reflects the simplicity of the poem. Flat background colors direct readers' attention to the actions of the characters, which are drawn with clean lines. Pair this lovely book with Ezra Jack Keats's The Snowy Day (Viking, 1962) for a warm winter storytime.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kuskin's short, catchy poem (first published in 1964) about bundling up for winter weather serves as the text in this simple, sweet story about a little girl and her dog playing in the snow. After building a snowman, shown on the title page, the pair enters the house for a break, and the rhymed text describes the little girl's layers of warm clothes as she takes them off. A wordless double-page spread shows the girl and the dog enjoying a snack before the poem resumes with more clothing descriptions as the girl gets dressed again to go back out in the snow to take her dog for a walk. Attractive speckled endpapers in snowy white and pale blue show the pair's footprints, with the final endpaper showing the snow angel the little girl leaves behind. The text is short and simple enough to use with toddlers who are just beginning to listen to real stories, but the rhyme, rhythm, and attractive illustrations on lime-green backgrounds will also appeal to older preschoolers and even beginning readers. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060572426
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/5/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Karla Kuskin wrote more than fifty books for children, including the Philharmonic Gets Dressed, Green as a Bean, and Moon, Have You Met My Mother She was the winner of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry, among other honors. And once, long ago, may have given her son a woolly red hat.

Fumi Kosaka is the illustrator of many picture books, including Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin and If You'll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant. She lives with her husband in New York City.

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