FELIX'S HAT by Catherine Bancroft


Age Range: 4 - 8
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 When Felix loses his favorite orange visored cap on a trip to the pond, his family is wonderfully sympathetic: teenage Philomena takes him out in a boat to look for it; little Freda offers to share her teddy at bedtime; and Mommy tells Felix a comforting story--but it's big brother Frank who comes up with the gift that helps Felix fall asleep that night: ``Here, buddy, it's my old red hat that I won at the County Fair.'' What makes this story special--and deliciously funny--is that the characters are frogs who stand as erect as humans, and certainly exhibit human behavior, but are also very frog-like when they get among the lily pads. The lively, well-honed text is sprinkled with amusing details (Felix in an inner tube pretending to be a Cheerio in milk, etc.); Gruenberg's illustrations, in delicate pen lines and bright watercolors with a green theme, are warm with humor and a keen understanding of the family scene. A fine debut for this new team. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 31st, 1993
ISBN: 0-02-708325-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Four Winds/MacMillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1993