Mr. Brown's Fantastic Hat

Mr. Brown's Fantastic Hat

Book - 2013
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An enchantingly positive story of love, loneliness, and the hope of renewal

 

"Who needs friends?" thinks Mr. Brown. "I can suit myself and wear my smart hat all day long." Try as he might, however, Mr. Brown is lonely. But when a woodpecker decides Mr. Brown needs some company, his life is transformed.

Publisher: Hong Kong : Minedition, c2013.
ISBN: 9789888240845
Branch Call Number: Z IMA
Characteristics: [26] p. : col. ill. ; 33 cm.
Alternative Title: Mister Brown's fantastic hat

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csrestall
Feb 15, 2017

This is the story of Mr. Brown who is a bear, everyone is afraid of him so he has no friends until some birds move into his magic hat. The hat keeps growing and growing until it is full of birds! He learns the value of friendship!

MERLEY WHEATON Feb 26, 2015

This endearing story of a lonely Mr. Brown who discovers the power of friendship is beautifully illustrated, capturing the magic of love that can change ordinary things into something wonderful.

KCLSKidsBabyToFive Nov 25, 2014

A heartwarming tale with wonderful art and a magical element. Just right for preschoolers.

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mmcbeth29
Sep 29, 2014

First of all, the illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous. They are colorful and inventive. This story reminds me just a little bit of Alice in Wonderland because of the little side bits that show up in the pictures such as a little tree growing on the table and a fish hanging from the ceiling.

In this story, Mr. Brown is lonely because people do not like him. It doesn't say why people don't like him. Then one day a woodpecker decides to make a home in his hat. Other birds join and the hat grows. In the end, Mr. Brown decides he actually does prefer not to be alone.

The littlest children will enjoy the illustrations in the book, but may not fully understand some of the more fantastical parts. The publisher recommends this book for ages 3-5. I would recommend bumping that up from 3-8. The older children will enjoy some of the more mature aspects of the story such as making friends, hibernating for the winter and others trying to copy his hat.

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csrestall
Feb 15, 2017

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and under

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mmcbeth29
Sep 29, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 8

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csrestall
Feb 15, 2017

Mr. Brown is a bear, he is lonely and does not have any friends because everyone is scared of him. One day a woodpecker makes a home in his top hat. Mr. Brown wont tell anyone but he is glad to have a friend. His hat grows bigger each time a new bird moves in. Eventually his top hat is huge and has tons of birds living in it. One day the birds leave to fly south, Mr. Brown is confused and does not know what is happening. He leaves the magic hat outside in hopes that the birds will come back, he then goes inside to hibernate. When spring arrives Mr. Brown wakes up and goes outside to see that the hat has turned into a tree and all the birds are back. Mr. Brown is happy to have friends.

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