Brett, J. (1997). The hat. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Annotation: This book was about Hedgie the hedgehog who gets a stocking stuck on his head. All of the farm animals make fun of him for having a ridiculous hat. In the end, more clothes blow off of the clothesline and end up stuck on all of the animals except Hedgie.

Genre: fiction

Grade: 1,2

Readers who will like this book: This book is good for readers who can relate to being made fun of. This book is also good for readers who enjoy animal books.

Response/Rating: I would rate this book a 5(1-5). The main character Hedgie, is very cute and overcomes the challenge of being made fun of. The illustrations are amazing as well.

Question: What is the author showing in the end of the story when all of the animals that made fun of Hedgie ended up with clothes on their heads as well?

Strategy:

a. Cover Clues

b. This strategy has the students contributing to a conversation of the cover of the book that is about to be read aloud. One group of students may be asked to focus on interpreting the colors, shapes, and lines of the cover, while the other group may be focusing on the characters and setting. This will help the students to form predictions of what the book may be about.

c. The cover of this book tells the setting, animals characters, and main problem just by looking at it. It is a great way for students to teach students that the illustrations in the story are also very important for comprehending the story.

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