PPBF: The Queen’s Hat

Queen'sHatCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Steve Antony
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2015 (Originally published in the UK by Hodder Children’s Books)
Ages: 3-5
Themes: hats, Queens, London
Opening: The Queen was on her way to visit someone very special when the wind went…

Queen'sHatEndpapersSummary: (from my library catalog) A sudden gust of wind takes the Queen’s favorite hat and blows it all over London, as the Queen’s men give chase.

 

Queen'sHat1I like this book because: Seemingly simple, strong compositions using a limited palette take the reader on a rollicking romp. I love books that pack a big punch with a small idea!

 

Queen'sHat2Resources/activities: Follow up with THE QUEEN’S HANDBAG; Make hats after listening to a video explained by a Brit – see below

 

Queen'sHatBackFor existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

PPBF: Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau

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Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Abrams, 2014
Ages: 4-8yrs
Themes: hats, birthdays, hatmakers
Opening: In a three story house with a shop down below lived the world’s finest hatmaker, Madame Chapeau.
Summary: (from my library catalog) When a crow flies off with her birthday bonnet as she walks to dinner, Madame Chapeau chases the thief through the streets of Paris while admirers offer her replacement hats, but none seem quite right until someone offers a special gift.

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I like this book because: this has to be one of the perfectest perfect picks ever! The rhyme is so delicious, you have to read it again and again – aloud! The story is adorable, and the pictures – OH! I want to spend my next vacation IN this book!!! The illustrator includes an interesting note in the front, about his own influences and work as a milliner. The look of main character is based on the fashion editor, Isabella Blow. Get the book and read more for yourself!

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Resources/activities: make paper hats – instructions HERE; learn to knit -tutorial HERE; make a chocolate gateau, like the one below – click on the image for the recipe post.

Perfect Picture Book Friday has plenty of selections listed on a themed and alphabetized list, each with teacher/parent resources, on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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