Old Hat New Hat: A Bright & Early Book
Stan Berenstain & Jan Berenstain
Random House, 1970 (1970)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
'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
, tries on every piece of headware in there, but can't find anything to match the comfortable
ids - 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.
ut 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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