Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Boy Had a Mother Who Bought Him a Hat

H is for Hat!

Kuskin, Karla.
A Boy Had a Mother Who Bought Him a Hat.
March 2010.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

When a young boy's mother bought him a new red hat the color of a rose, it sets off a whole chain of events that readers will surely not be expecting! As his mother continues to purchase him new toys, the little boy is determined he must be able to take everything with him, able to show everyone his possessions. One day, in a race, the treasured hat is swept away during an elephant race... and must be replaced.

With rhyming, lyrical text, children are sure to love this story! The ending, in which the little boy is in need of a new hat will inspire children to imagine in their mind the next turn of events and what more adventure can possibly take place with the arrival of a new hat. I really, really enjoyed this story and have made a note to include it in my curriculum plans for letter Hh week next school year! Hopefully you and your children will find it just as enjoyable!

Learning/Reading Activities:
  • The story ends with Then his mother yelled, "Dear, I am off to the store. It is very clear that you must have a new hat." And she rushed out the door.Encourage your child to show his/her creative side by asking them to create the boy's new hat. You can use the worksheet I created, or just have your child use construction paper. I would suggest sharing with children photographs of or actual different hats, so they can see just what a wide variety of hat designs there are out there and then ask them to see what they can come up with!
  • I am going to attempt to create a flannel board set to go along with this story! The story is a lot of fun and I'm sure children would love partaking in the flannel board retelling. If I am able to create one, I'll be sure to post pictures and patterns!

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