Do YOU Have a Hat?

Hooray for Perfect Picture Book Friday sponsored by the lovely Susanna Leonard Hill!

Title: Do YOU Have a Hat?

Written by Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio

2004 by Simon and Schuster

Suitable for: ages 3+

Themes: hats, historical figures, rhyme

“Do YOU have a hat? Something fuzzy, warm, and red, to keep the snowflakes off your head? Or maybe floppy-brimmed and blue, when summer sun shines down on you?  Do YOU have a hat?”  Next the author and illustrator introduce all sorts of famous people in history who wore memorable hats-some more famous than others. Did you know that Francisco de Goya wore a hat with candles on the brim? (Do you know who Francisco de Goya is?  I readily admit I did not.  I had to Google him!)

Link: Wild Geese Guides  This site provides a great lesson plan to accompany the story + curricular links!

Why I like this book: I like this book for several reasons.  First of all, I like hats. Secondly, Eileen Spinelli is one of THE most amazing authors for young children. I love the rhythm and rhyme in the story and the bright whimsical illustrations. Children are introduced to great historical figures like Carmen Miranda and Walt Whitman within a comprehensible context. My favorite line is, “Isabelle of Bavaria had a hat, a cone-shaped hat so very high it poked a gargoyle in the eye.”  This book is hysterical and educational!


22 responses to “Do YOU Have a Hat?

  1. This sounds like a very fun book, Kelly! What an entertaining and accessible way to introduce kids to historical figures! I will definitely have to find it and read it! But first, I will have to google Francisco because, no, I don’t know who that is either 🙂

  2. Catherine Johnson

    I’ve never heard of this one and I love Eileen Spinelli too. That orange is gorgeous! Thanks Kelly

  3. I like hats too and I know I would love this book! Thanks for the review!

  4. I can’t resist a book full of great rhymes. Love the funny books. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. I LOVE this book! It’s AWESOME! Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Ooooh. I love books where we can research and explore famous people. I’d love to teach my kids about Walt Whitman. Thanks for this resource.

  7. Kelly, another great selection. Was recently introduced to Eileen Spinelli, but have not seen this book. I can imagine the kids would be rolling with laughter. Another PPB!

  8. Love your choice of book and excellent review. Love to read all the interesting people and their choices of hats. Sounds like a lot of fun to read.
    Thanks Kelly.

  9. What a nifty way to introduce what sounds like a diverse bunch of historical figures. Uncle Walt and Carmen Miranda in the same book? Who would have thought! 🙂

  10. I know who Francisco de Goya is (art school), but I had no idea he wore candles on his hat! It doesn’t sound like a good idea with all of the turpentine hanging around the oil paints he would have used. An excellent book recommendation!

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