GRANDMA'S HAT by Rosemary Kahn

GRANDMA'S HAT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a book from South Africa, Grandma tells a favorite story about her childhood, when hats were obligatory on Sunday. Her mother had bought a her particularly ugly hat--""it looked just like a potty turned upside down"" and was ""a horrible yellowy-mustard color."" Fortunately, the family car was a convertible, and Grandma managed to let the hated hat blow away. Her mama was upset, but Papa proved to be silently sympathetic. Later, after the hat was rediscovered on a friend's scarecrow, the whole family joined in the merriment when Papa said, ""no bird would dare come near that dreadful hat!"" It's good to have such a warm family story from a country whose books are rarely represented here. In soft pencil and watercolor, Milne's art nicely evokes the setting in its many details, including Papa's general store (where the book's one black, a wistful-looking child, is seen from the back) and the flat, dusty landscape and utilitarian homes of the Karoo.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1991
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking