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Old Hat New Hat: A Bright & Early Book    by Stan Berenstain & Jan Berenstain order for
Old Hat New Hat
by Stan Berenstain
Order:  USA  Can
Random House, 1970 (1970)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I've always loved reading the Berenstains' Old Hat New Hat with kids. It's a simple idea. A small bear goes into a store in seach of a new hat, tries on every piece of headware in there, but can't find anything to match the comfortable old hat.

Kids - who like familiar things, whether surroundings, toys, or articles of clothing - relate to the little bear's 'Too big. Too small. Too flat. Too tall.' and enjoy the frustration of the snotty looking hat salesman. Any adult who's tried to persuade an indecisive child to make up their mind about a purchase, will relate too.

But what my kids and I always enjoyed most was the absurdity of the hats. We liked to pick new favorites every time we opened the book. Now I've always liked the twirly one myself, but then there's the holey hat and the silly one and ...

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