THE HAT THAT WORE CLARA B.  by Melanie Turner-Denstaedt

THE HAT THAT WORE CLARA B.

Age Range: 4 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mother’s Sunday is the day older women wear their finest white suits and fanciest hats to church. Clara B.’s favorite is Grandma’s hat, about which Grandma says when complimented, “Honey, I’m not wearing this hat. This hat is wearing me!” Clara B. desperately wants to wear the hat, but the answer is always no. On this Mother’s Sunday, she has had enough and is determined that the hat will wear her, too! Turner-Denstaedt’s text describes Clara B.’s methodical progress, detailed scenes and descriptions drawing readers into the story. Morrison’s illustrations superbly complement the words, sequential panels drawing out Clara B.’s boredom as she waits for her opportunity, full-bleed spreads skillfully varying perspective and composition to tell the story, fine-tuned pacing leading up to the inevitable moment when Clara B. crushes Grandma’s hat. Readers will see and feel Clara’s horror in this gasp-inducing moment. Sadly, the author passed away in 2007, leaving this vibrant work for readers in the here and now. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: April 8th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-374-32794-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009




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