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When Everybody Wore a Hat
by William Steig
Order:  USA  Can
Joanna Cotler, 2003 (2003)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Grab the nearest child or grandchild, and take a trip to years gone by When Everybody Wore a Hat. William Steig tells the story, and draws witty, humorous pictures, of his Bronx childhood.

He begins in 1916, when there was 'definitely no TV' and 'Kids went to LIBRARIES for books.' His parents came from 'the Old Country' and 'There was no such thing as a hatless human being.' There's something in here to push anyone's nostalgic button. For me, it was a picture of a girl playing hopscotch, but many will appreciate the list of all the things you could get for a nickel - 'A nickel was money' - or the fact that the doctor made house calls.

It's a charming picture book, which will bring back happy memories for those who lived, or were told themselves as children, what the early twentieth century was like. Use When Everybody Wore a Hat to convey a sense of history to a small child today.

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