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A woman tells her grandchildren about an ugly hat she once had as a young girl and what happened when she accidentally lost it
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In a book from South Africa, Grandma tells a favorite story about her childhood, when hats were obligatory on Sunday. Her mother had bought a her particularly ugly hat--''it looked just like a potty turned upside down'' and was ``a horrible yellowy- mustard color.'' Fortunately, the family car was a convertible, and Grandma managed to let the hated hat blow away. Her mama was upset, but Papa proved to be silently sympathetic. Later, after the hat was rediscovered on a friend's scarecrow, the whole family joined in the merriment when Papa said, ``no bird would dare come near that dreadful hat!'' It's good to have such a warm family story from a country whose books are rarely represented here. In soft pencil and watercolor, Milne's art nicely evokes the setting in its many details, including Papa's general store (where the book's one black, a wistful-looking child, is seen from the back) and the flat, dusty landscape and utilitarian homes of the Karoo. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Quiet, gentle prose and softly focused pencil drawings make this title serviceable but do little to distinguish it from the multitude of intergenerational books already on library shelves. Indulging her grandchildren's request for their favorite story, a white-haired, wide-lapped grandmother tells how, as a young girl, she received an ugly new hat that ended up as headgear for a scarecrow. Pale sepia-toned watercolors imbue the rough pencil sketches with a period look, as if one is looking at old photographs while listening to the woman spin her simple yarn. While primary graders will empathize with the young girl's dismay at receiving the dreadful hat and cheerfully delight in its humorous final resting place, this inconsequential tale lacks the substance to make it a story-time staple. --Dorothy Houlihan, formerly at White Plains Public Library, NY
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR003086275
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # FPS0744530598G
Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 1993. Condition: Very Good. Terry Milne (illustrator). Seller Inventory # U9780744530599
Book Description Walker Books Ltd 1993-06-24, 1993. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Minor wear to extremities. Contents clear and legible. Book. Seller Inventory # 039773-9