Whose Hat Is That? by Anita Bijsterbosch

In Whose Hat Is That?, a mysterious hat is sent on a merry adventure when a playful gust of wind sends it flying onto the head of one animal after another. And while each time the hat-wearing animal is pleased about the way it looks, the hat doesn’t seem to fit quite like it ought to… that is, until it finds its way back to its rightful owner.

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But, in the meantime, little ones will enjoy tracking where the hat goes — literally if they wish, by tracing the dotted lines on the colourful illustrations with their fingers — and meeting all the dfferent animals along the way.

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Like Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Edward Gibbs’s Little Bee, the catchy text here uses repetition to good effect, with the refrain reading almost like a chant that older kids will be able to recite in no time: “There goes the hat. Whose hat is that?” The use of onomatopoeia also makes this a good read-aloud option and is a good way for little ones to learn about the sounds that animals make.

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