The Hat

by Jan Brett

Paperback, 1998



Call number




Scholastic (1998), 32 pages


When Lisa hangs her woolen clothes in the sun to air them out for winter, the hedgehog, to the amusement of the other animals, ends up wearing a stocking on his head.

User reviews

LibraryThing member tracyslaybaugh
The Hat is an animal fantasy story about a hedgehog that accidentally gets a sock stuck on his head. He continually receives criticism from his animal friends but keeps telling them that he is the smart one for being prepared for winter by wearing his warm hat. You need to read this book for the
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surprise ending.

I really liked this book. Hedgie, the hedgehog is a really likable character. What I like most about this book is the ending. Such a delightful surprise!

This book would be a good story when you are talking about not criticizing other people. You could also use this book when doing a lesson on animals particularly hedgehogs.
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LibraryThing member agracie89
"The Hat" tells the story of a hedgehog who gets a stocking stuck on his head from a clothesline. At first the other animals make fun of him, but then it becomes a trend and all the animals steal clothes to wear as a hat. This book has a lot of high-frequency words, so I would use it to teach
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vocabulary instruction.
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LibraryThing member phyllistinefoster
The Hat is about a girl name Lisa , who goes outside to hang out clothes on a winter day to hang out clothes. A wool sock blows in the wind and lands on a hedge hog's head. He is laughed at by the other farm animals. It makes him feel sad. When Lisa goes to get the sock off of his head she realizes
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that all her clothes are off the line. The animals have put them over their heads for hats.

I liked this book because it shows how when you are being teased it could be because people may want to be like you.

This book can be used to talk about feelings, draw a winter picture, and draw a picture of animals on the farm.
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LibraryThing member mcprice
The hat, reminds me of the story about the mitten, where many animals try and keep warm. A lady is hanging up some clothes and one of the items get stuck on a porcupine. The porcupine goes around and different animals think its nice and they want to copy the style. The picture in the book, one side
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it foreshadows what animal the porcupine is going to come across next.
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LibraryThing member jaia
Jan Brett's Gorgeous and detailed artwork are the real treat here. Her scandanavian influence is clear, and children love to find the little stories that are hidden away in the details of the drawings! When Lisa looses a stocking, curious Hedgie's head gets stuck inside of it. He tells the other
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animals that it is a hat.
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LibraryThing member bspentecost
Lisa lost her mitten and Hedgie has got it stuck on his head. All of the animals are making fun of Hedgie but Hedgie tries to play it off. Hedgie says his new hat keeps him warm in the winter snow. Lisa finds Hedgie and gets back her stocking. When Lisa looks around all of the animals that were
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once making fun of Hedgie are wearing her clothes on their heads. Hedgie begins to laugh and makes a joke that animals should not wear clothes. I like this book for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. This book really shows how everyone wants to fit in.
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LibraryThing member JillianWilliams
This is a wonderful book that is full of mischievous animals. The main character is Hedgie who gets a wool stocking stuck on his prickly exterior. Hedgie struggles to remove the stocking while encountering many of his farm friends. The animals make fun of Hedgie’s hat, but Hedgie claims he will
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keep warm and dry when the snow comes and they will all be cold and wet. Finally the hat is removed from Hedgie by the little farm girl, but all of his friends have decided they needed warm hats also for the coming winter season.

I love any book by Jan Brett. The stories are always so enchanting, and the illustrations are beautiful. In The Hat, Jan Brett shows what the little farm girl is doing inside while all of Hedgie’s misadventures are taking place. The side bars flow so well and combine with the main story at the end to a great ending.

This book would also be great around the winter season. It would be a good time to discuss what would need to be done to get ready for winter. Younger children could draw their own interpretations of what happens at their house every year in preparation for the winter season.
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LibraryThing member LanitaBostic
Hedgie was minding his own business, when he stumbled upon a strange item in the woods. It was a wool stocking. He poked his head in. When he tried taking his head out, he found his prickles were stuck. Hedgie the hedge hog walked all over trying to find a way to get the funny hat off of his head.
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Hedgie knew how funny he looked. When he was approached by his friends they all laughed. The hen and her chicks laughed. The dog and her pups laughed. The pig and her piggies laughed. He would just tell them that he needed the hat to stay warm. Really Hedgie was trying all he could to get the hat off. When he finnaly started to feel bad, the owner of the stocking came right up and took it off of his head. He was relieved. By the time Hedgie reached his den, he looked to see all of his friends were wearing hats. How funny they all looked. The other animals had taken the remaining clothing off the line and had put them on their heads.
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LibraryThing member DBPeeples
This is about animals. A girl was hanging out her clothes for the winter and a hedgehog gets into her sock. The sock gets stuck on his head and other animals tease him. While they are laughing at him he makes excuses and causes the other animals to think. By the end of the story, all the other
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animals have stole her clothes and using them as hats.
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LibraryThing member srfox
Hedgie is a small critter who gets his head stuck into the young girl Lisa's winter hat. He tries to act like it is a new hat to all of his friends, and is embarrassed when he could not get the hat off. When he starts to run away from his friends, Lisa notices her hat is gone and chases Hedgie. She
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takes her hat back and Hedgie is happy once again. Little did Hedgie know, all of his friends found hats themselves to make him feel more comfortable!
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LibraryThing member gmashley
The Hat is a story about a little girl named Lisa who loses her stocking. Hedgie finds it and it gets stuck on his head. All the animals laugh at him until Lisa finds him and takes her stocking back. By the end of the story it is Hedgie who has the last laugh.
LibraryThing member Jrstoner
The book takes place on a farm when a little hedgehog finds a stocking that blew off the clothesline and wears it as a hat. All the other animals on the farm laugh at him but in the end all the animals have gotten clothes off the clothesline and they are wearing them as hats.
LibraryThing member jcwilcox
The winter was coming and Lisa was preparing for winter. A hedgehog named Hedgie found a winter sock of Lisa's. Hedgie tried to crawl in the sock and it got stuck on his head. He went around the farm and all the farm animals laughed and made fun of him, but he showed them of the benefits in the
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winter time. The girl catches Hedgie and takes off his hat but now all of the farm animals have run off with all of Lisa's clothes for hats.
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LibraryThing member ermilligan
The Hat is an animal story about a hedgehog that gets a sock stuck on his head. He continually gets criticized from his friends, but keeps telling them that he is the smart one for being prepared for winter by wearing his warm hat. I liked this book and the characters.
This book would be a good
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story when you are talking about not criticizing other people.
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LibraryThing member eedalton
This story is about a girl's stocking that blew away and flew onto a hedgehogs head. The stocking got stuck on his head because of his pines. All of the other animals kept making fun of him because he had a stocking on his head. This made him feel sad. Later the girl ran over and took the stocking
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off of his head and said animals don't wear clothes. When the girl returned back to her clothesline of clothes all of the other animals had taken her clothes to wear.
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LibraryThing member DanielleSt
This is a short children's book about a group of farm animals that are inspired by their friend, Hedgie the hedgehog. Hedgie stumbles upon Lisa's, the girl living on the farm, clothes line and gets stuck in her stocking as a result. He tells several other animals that the stocking is a functional
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hat, and eventually all of the other animals follow his lead. Great illustrations that include foreshadowing and backtracking for children!
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LibraryThing member dfarhat
Beautifully illustrations with a lot of details. When a woolen sock gets stuck on Hedgie's head, he convinces other animals that he is the smart animal to try to keep himself warm during the cold winter months. One by one, the clothes disappear until a parade of animals wearing hats passes by. Each
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page is beautifully framed with images that anticipate the unfolding events.
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LibraryThing member conuly
I don't like this book as much as The Mitten, but it's cute in its own right.

Hedgie - maybe the same Hedgie as Hedgie's Surprise, which means this is a sequel to THAT book and not to The Mitten - spends the book running around with a sock on his head after an accident. When the other animals point
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out how silly this is, poor Hedgie tries to defend his "choice". (Hm. You don't know anybody who does THAT, do you, defend their little accidents like they meant to do that?)

At this point, the humor is all in the side panels. You know how Brett works. You look at the side panels and see what's going on while the main story continues. One thing that's going on is clothes are disappearing from the clothesline. Hm....

The ending is pretty funny, and I don't wish to spoil it for you, but let's just say you should never listen to braggers.

The book this REALLY goes with, of course, is "Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing".
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LibraryThing member Leah08
This is a good example of a folk tale. It has talking animals with a simple plot that is established early in the book and is repetitive throughout the story. The action takes place quickly and the ending of the story is predictable and stereotypical. The setting in this story is a background
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setting because it takes place in the winter but that is all we know. It could happen anywhere and we dont know where this story takes place.

Level: Intermediate
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LibraryThing member amandawebster
A hedgehog gets a stocking stuck on his head, and he thinks all of the other animals are laughing at his "hat." But in the end, they each retrieve a different clothing item to also wear as a hat.
LibraryThing member ShondaNewsome
Lisa hangs her woolen stockings on the clothes line and the wind blew it away. A hedgie found the lost stocking and got it stuck on his head. He runs into a hen, noisy goose, talkative barn cat, farm dog, momma pig, and pony that all questioned and laugh at the hedgie. He told each animal
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that it was a hat and how it was going to protect him from the weather. Lisa found the stocking and as she returns home she realized all the farm animals is wearing Lisa's clothes as a hat.

Personal Relation:
I can relate to this story because if I don't have a hat during cold weather, I would find anything in my car to wear on my head.

Classroom Extension:
1. Have each student bring something from home to wear on their head as a hat for show and tell and tell their story.
2. This activity will allow each student to use their imagination as they tell their story.
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LibraryThing member runner_roader
Hedge, a hedgehog finds a stocking that Lisa has hung out to air. Hedge thinks its a hat and walks through the woods, however, at every turn the animals around him laugh and poke fun of this "hat" on his head. He defends his hat saying "who says animals cannot wear clothing too?" Winter is
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approaching and he wants to stay warm.

As the story continues along, Jan Brett offers insists as to the events to come within the story in her illustrative borders. My daughter noticed that on each page another article of clothing disappeared from Lisa's clothesline. I was impressed that she picked up on the details of the illustrations!

Classroom use - Students could discuss the effects of laughing at others that are different than they are and the feelings that are involved. Sometimes someone chooses to do something different than the rest, as Hedge has done with the stocking hat. But his choice influenced the other animals to find clothing of their own to keep warm for the winter.
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LibraryThing member orale
I can use this book to approach situations as respecting everynody in the classroom regardless their different appearence.
LibraryThing member Randalea
Written as companion to The Mitten, this takes place in the Danish countryside. We get to meet a new collection of creatures, including the star hedgehog, which all end up wearing woolen clothes. An astute reader will enjoy following the additional story clues in the frame art of the clothesline.
LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: While Lisa was hanging her woolens on the line, one of her stockings blew off and landed on a hedgehog named Hedgie who couldn't get it off his head. He encountered many animals and explained to them that it was his hat, and it had many practical uses. By the time Lisa found her
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stockings, all of the animals Hedgie had met decided to follow his example and steal her woolens.

Thoughts and Feelings: That Hedgehog is SO CUTE! I can't believe Jan Brett actually found a hedgehog in a slipper!
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Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award (Nominee — Grades K-2 — 1999)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 1999)


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Physical description

10 x 0.2 inches


0590647512 / 9780590647519
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