I Had A Favorite Hatis a new companion book to I Had A Favorite Dress, which Publisher’s Weekly called, “a spunky story about adjusting to change with creativity and style.” When our narrator outgrew her favorite dress, her resourceful mama helped her transform it into something new to wear. The themes of reinvention, growing up, and letting go are revisited with a twist in I Had A Favorite Hat. This time, our crafty girl solves a new problem all on her own, but with the same can-do attitude and sense of style she learned so well from her mama.
Say you have a hat, a flippy-floppy, perfectly sloppy hat you wear at the beach to keep the sun out of your eyes. It’s your favorite hat. You wear it every day… until summer ends and you wave good-bye to the beach. Mama insists it’s time to pack away your hat until the next sunny, summery day. But, if it’s your favorite hat, you snatch it back from the pack-it-away pile (with a crafty smile) and get to work! Once Mama sees that some black fabric, ribbon, cobwebs and glue can transform your beach hat into the most wicked little witch hat for Halloween, she’ll let you keep it out of the box for sure! Then just about the time your candy loot is gone, you’ll be in need of a Pilgrim Hat for giving thanks on Thanksgiving. Off come the cobwebs, squash! goes the point, and on goes a big gold buckle! When December blows in with a big gust of snow, off comes the black and on goes some soft white fur, a red, satin bow, and a sprig of holly. Ta-da! It’s the merriest of holiday hats. In fact, with a little of this and a little of that, your hat can transform for any occasion all through the year. Who doesn’t need a birthday hat? Or an Easter bonnet? Or a tea party hat? Or a hat to complete the most fabulous dress-up outfit ever? When you’re not wearing your favorite hat, plop it on your favorite teddy bear so he can siesta properly. Or, like the narrator in I Had A Favorite Hat, add it to a scarecrow to watch over your garden all the long summer day. Oh wait--summer? It’s back to the beach already with your flippy-floppy, perfectly-sloppy hat!
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