PreSchool-K-- A satisfying and simple story. A man with a wooden cane is walking in the rain when his hat is carried away by the wind. It is inhabited in turn by a spider, a mouse, and a crow. Eventually, the hat is found by its original owner who is delighted to have it back--even though it's a little worse for the wear. Onomatopoeic phrases beg to be read aloud and will be enjoyed by young audiences, one-on-one or in story hours. The large illustrations also lend themselves to group sharing. Bold, simplified : shapes with large areas of color surrounded by a fuzzy, white outline appear to be done in a torn paper collage. Some of the text is also done in this technique, with letters dancing on the page while integrating the words and pictures into a harmonious visual whole. --Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
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