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"All libraries should make space on their shelves for Harold."School Library Journal (starred review)
In this sweet picture book that celebrates selflessness and the joy of helping others, a little bear named Harold loses his beloved woolly hatonly to discover that others need it more.
What makes a bear special? For Harold, it is his beloved striped woolly hat. He wears it when he sleeps, when he goes to school, and even when he takes his monthly bath. But when a crow whisks the hat off his head and high up into a nest, Harold doesn't feel so special anymore. He tries everything to get it backoffering the crow blueberries, worms, and even shiny objectsbut alas, the crow will not budge. Turns out that the hat has a new special purpose: keeping three baby crows warm. This heartwarming picture book features an irresistible bear and gently reinforces the notion that it doesn't matter what you have, it's who you are that matters.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
VERN KOUSKY is the author-illustrator of THE BLUE SONGBIRD, called "lovely" by School Library Journal, and OTTO, THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY, deemed "a witty homage to Leo Lionni's classic Frederick" by the New York Times. Visit him on the web at vernkousky.com or on Instagram at @vernkousky.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was such a touching little story! Harold loves his woolly hat and thinks that it makes him special and sets him apart from the other bears. He wears his hat always, even during his once monthly bath, but when a crow swoops down and steals it away, Harold must do whatever he can to get it back. Harold tries to trade for his hat, but nothing he offers will sway the old crow. Of course, Harold perseveres, only to find that things are not quite as he originally perceived and his warm woolly hat was needed by others. I love that this story progresses from Harold being quite upset about his hat to learning compassion. Not only does he understand why his hat is needed by others, but he then goes out of his way to help further, proving that he really is a special bear. My daughter thought it was super sweet that he wanted to help towards the end.