Friday, November 6, 2009

Millie's Marvellous Hat

Millie goes to a hat shop, but cannot afford to buy any of the hats. A kindly shopkeeper brings a box with the best kind of hat, a hat that is shaped by Millie's imagination. Millie walks home and along the way notices that others are wearing hats as well.

Millie's Marvellous Hat, written and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, is a beautiful book that celebrates the joy of a child's imagination. It reminds me of The Big Orange Splot where the characters build the houses of all their dreams. Substitute houses for hats and you get Millie in the role of Mr. Plumbean. Kitamura's artwork also helped me make a text-movie connection (that really should be a category). This book brought back memories of Yellow Submarine, the Beatles animated movie that is a favorite from my childhood. I especially like the pages where Millie is in the park. This would be an excellent book for teaching inference skills.

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