I read The Frightened Little Flower Bud last year by Renée Paule and G.R. Hewitt. It quickly became one of the best and most essential books in my children’s library. Here we are in 2018 and their newest book HAT is now one of my personal favorites and my #1 children’s read of the year. I’m amazed with how educational this book is and the many lessons it teaches.
The book opens with Bertie, an excellent gardener who loves his old brown, floppy hat.
His intelligent dog named Oscar has one just like it and Bertie wouldn’t be caught without his favorite hat, until one day he discovers other people wearing hats that make them look distinguished and important. He wants to trade in his old, floppy hat so that he can feel just like they look: professional, honorable, and clever.
What do you think Bertie will do? Oscar seems to know. Will Bertie finally find a hat that makes him feel better than his old, floppy one?
Some of the most important lessons to reiterate to children (I feel) are to be yourself, embrace what you’re good at and run with it, accept every part of yourself and love yourself for who you are, and don’t be afraid to try new things and make your own decisions, but do what feels right. This book teaches all of these lessons and more. Not only that, I think we can all use a reminder that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
This book is great for all ages and I think I enjoyed it just as much as my children did. The questions open up multiple windows for discussion and get them thinking. We also enjoyed the Hatology section in the back which educates you about different types of hats and what they’re called.
I think it’s much needed in classrooms, libraries, and every home. I’m happy to have a copy in our collection. 5***** for HAT!
This book is aimed at age 6+
Bertie the gardener is happy with his life, so is Oscar – his dog. However, this happiness turns to discontent when Bertie sees George looking ‘important’ in his new bowler hat. Bertie wants one just like it, so that he can look important too. Consequently, he hangs up his comfy old hat and that’s when his adventure begins.
There’s a fun activity page at the back of this book – children can learn more about different types of hats and their names.
Which hat would you wear?
- Paperback: 36 pages
- Publisher: RPG Publishing (May 31, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099350986X
- ISBN-13: 978-0993509865
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‘Self-reflection’, ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Semi-autobiography’
‘Good day’ from Ireland.
Many years ago I wrote my autobiography – probably more as therapy than anything else – but life continued happening to me and I got to thinking, what good will this story do, isn’t there enough misery in the world without me adding to it by writing more? I subsequently burnt it. It was around this time that I began searching for meaning in my life and had a profound experience – a realisation that we’re all connected, we’re One. I began to question everything I knew, accepting nothing at face value, writing down these questions and the thoughts surrounding them. From this, my first book On The Other Hand – The Little Anthology of Big Questions was born. In my books, I take an honest look at our quirky and often bizarre behaviour in society – challenging the status-quo we accept as unchangeable; questioning and pushing the boundaries we set ourselves, and those that have been set for us. I’m convinced that if we want to change our lives and change our world then we must first change ourselves – to take responsibility for the things we do and in doing so, take back the power that – in general – we don’t realise we’ve given away. In my writings I give no answers to life’s questions – we already have them and only need find the courage to recognise them, accept them and then act. I invite you to join me on my journey, questioning the society we call ours and the role we play within it.
Godfrey R. Hewitt
I was born in England and have lived and worked in France and Ireland for the last few years; now resident in Ireland. My interests are many and varied and in particular old valve radios, machinery and design from the 1930’s, for which I have a strange nostalgia, though I was never there. I trained as a printer (compositor) with a flair for typography and graphic design and was able to use these skills in other varied employment after leaving the printing industry. Though I have written manuals, pamphlets, posters, adverts and other paraphernalia, I have never written a book. Until now.
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