Hat

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Bertie the gardener is happy with his life, so is Oscar - his dog. However, this happiness turns to discontent when Bertie sees George looking ‘important’ in his new bowler hat.

Bertie wants one just like it, so that he can look important too. Consequently, he hangs up his comfy old hat and that’s when his adventure begins.

There's a fun activity page at the back of this book - children can learn more about different types of hats and their names.

Which hat would you wear?

My Thoughts

To read one of Renee Paule's books is to stop the world and take yourself - and your audience - to a gentler, simpler time, a place where you can be absorbed by a simple story that makes the world feel like better place. They are an absolute delight, a joy to read, and judging from my 'test' audience (3 x 6 year olds) captivating to listen to.

HAT is no exception.  It is billed as a book for ages 6 - 99 plus. I know a good few 50 somethings who could do with reading it and I'm sure you will too. 

No need for me to say anything here about the story - all you need to know is in the first few paragraphs abpve - but I must say the book is beautifully produced, the illustrations are delightful and the word building is age appropriate for the younger spectrum of the target audience! And there is a delightful activity page of 'Hatology' at the back, which is great fun to share with kids.

There are also 'Author's Notes' and these struck me as relevant to most of the stories we read, so I hope Renee won't mind me quoting them here:-

"Books are rather like parables - we understand them on one level when we first read them and others as time goes by. With this in mind, it's best not to try to 'explain' this book to children for they absorb far more from books than we give them credit for. To 'explain' bypasses - and hinders - the development of their own wonderful imagination replacing it with our own. It's best to let children get from this book what they're ready to get from it and to answer - as simply as possible - questions they might raise."

Thank you Renee for these wise words, which I feel very strongly should apply to all our reading. 

My copy of HAT will now go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative. If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.

Treat yourself and get a copy of HAT here:-

Local Library

Local Bookshop

Buy online here


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