Virginnie's Hatby Dori Chaconas, Holly Meade
Virginnie is a freckly gal who wears a wide straw hat to shade her from the southern sun. When a puff of wind sends that hat adrift in the swamp — right to the top of a sycamore tree — she braves some scary creatures to get it back!/b>
A plucky girl chases her hat through a critter-filled swamp in a rhythmic adventure glowing with sun-dappled art.
Virginnie is a freckly gal who wears a wide straw hat to shade her from the southern sun. When a puff of wind sends that hat adrift in the swamp — right to the top of a sycamore tree — she braves some scary creatures to get it back! Crawdaddy craw, snickery snake, swaying gator. . . . What will she tell her mama at the end of the day? Lilting language and expressive collages paint a lush, lively picture of a determined young girl and her dauntless adventure.
K-Gr 2 - Virginnie is a carefree bayou gal. When her wide-brimmed hat is blown into the branches of a tall tree, she attempts to knock it down by throwing her boots at it. But while she is concentrating on her mission, some swamp critters are focused on biting her sweet little toes. Luckily for her, the crawdaddy, snake, and gator are foiled as her shoes tumble back down to shoo them away. The child retrieves her hat just as her mother comes to take her out of danger. While Chaconas's rhyme is clever, the story is slight. Meade's watercolor-and-collage paintings are as light and breezy as Virginnie's mood, and the creatures that threaten to snap at her toes are not too scary. Full spreads with the girl looking toward the right while swamp denizens sneak up behind her from the left move the action forward. An additional purchase.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.62(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.39(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 6 Years
Meet the Author
Dori Chaconas learned story pacing from an early age while entertaining her younger siblings. The author of such picture books as ON A WINTRY MORNING, ONE LITTLE MOUSE, and MOMMA, WILL YOU?, she lives in Germantown, Wisconsin.
Holly Meade (1956-2013) wrote and illustrated IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR. She earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in HUSH! A THAI LULLABY by Minfong Ho. She also illustrated AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner; ON THE FARM, IN THE WILD, and IN THE SEA by David Elliott; and many others.
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