Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer Reading - This is Not My Hat

Most of the books I review and share with you are cute, funny, have important messages, etc. The book I'm sharing today is all these things . . . in a bizarre and almost grim sort of way. "A fish has stolen a hat. And he'll probably get away with it. Probably." Well . . . see what you think . . . 

This Is Not My Hat
By - Jon Klassen
Publisher - Candlewick Press
Ages - 4-8

Favorite Features - 
  • Strong message about stealing 
  • Provides a wonderful opportunity to talk about, "getting away with things"
  • Love how there is another story being told with the illustrations while you read the story in the words
In This Is Not My Hat a small fish is a thief, one who is not shy about confessing his crime, and a very, very large fish is the one whose hat has been stolen. As the small fish goes about confessing its crime, the big fish goes looking for his hat. The small fish learns - the hard way - crime does not pay and gives you a wonderful opportunity to talk with your grandchildren about choices . . . and consequences! 

Candlewick Press says, "When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale."

When you read This Is Not My Hat to your grandchildren, be sure to talk with them about how taking something which is not yours is stealing and God tells us not to steal. Ask them how they feel when someone steals from them and challenge them to make the choice to be people who do not steal. Enjoy!

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