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Mr. George and the Red Hat    by Stephen Heigh order for
Mr. George and the Red Hat
by Stephen Heigh
Order:  USA  Can
Krby Creations, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The delightful cover illustration shows Mr. George, 'a friendly little squirrel', peering at his red-hatted reflection in a park stream. Finding the hat under a tree, he speculates about where it came from, and which other animal might have worn it. After seeing himself in it, Mr. George decides that it was meant for him.

The red hat comes in very handy for gathering acorns and peanuts, and can be hung on a branch while picnicking in a tree. Mr. George loves wearing the hat, and enjoys the admiration of other park animals. But he gives it away when a mother bird needs a home for her new family. Then, all the animals 'showered him with wildflowers' for his kindness.

Mr. George and the Red Hat is a sweet, simple, beautifully illustrated story. Kids will relate to this small squirrel - to both his vanity and his generosity - and may be encouraged to share their own possessions in the future.

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