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

Brief Annotation: Hedgie is walking along when he discovers a stocking on the ground. Being curious, the stocking gets stuck on his spikes. All of his animal friends continue to mock him, which makes Hedgie very upset. Then, the owner of the stocking removes it from Hedgie’s spikes only to discover the other animals have gotten into mischief themselves.

 Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K- 3rd Grade

Readers who would like this book: I think readers who like animals would enjoy this book. The illustrations are adorable, and the message of the book shares a strong message of friendship.

Rating and Response: I give this book a 5/5. I love the message of bullying and friendship. I think the illustrations are incredible and I believe the story is adorable.

Text-Dependent Question: Why do you think Hedgie’s animal friends were covered in clothes at the end?

 Strategy: Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: Step by step. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.

Word Ladders- 48, page 148- 150

First, you need to create a word ladder. Using this story, you could use the words

hat        bat

cat         fat


Using these words, you could have the students complete a worksheet, the levels of the worksheet can vary depending on the age of the students. For kindergarten you could have the students just write the word in with prompting and in third grade you could have the students change the words by having set instructions. You could make more than three letter words as well.

After everyone is done with their word ladder, the class should go over all of the words together.

This strategy is great for practices sight words and basic phonic skills.