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Rembrandt's hat

by Blackaby, Susan.

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK BLA
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK BLA
On what began as a fine day, a bear named Rembrandt lost his hat. As all of us do now and then, Rembrandt meets up with an unlucky day. He loses something special, something that belonged to him, something hard to replace. It is a frustrating predicament, especially as a bossy bird, a bored cat, and an outspoken rabbit decide to help. Too polite and accommodating to refuse, Rembrandt must find--little by little--a way to take care of things on his own.
With unique mixed-media illustrations, Mary Newell DePalma brings to life this world populated by quirky animals and stylish hats, and together art and text reveal the merits and rewards of patience and perseverance.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4-8. After a gust of wind carries away Rembrandt the bear's lucky hat, his day takes a turn for the worse. When he's unable to locate his treasured possession, a bluebird, a cat, and a rabbit offer to take its place on his head--with predictably unsatisfactory results. Eventually, Rembrandt finds his way to a millinery shop, and, although nothing seems quite right, purchases a pompom-festooned clown cap. When this chapeau proves more trouble than it's worth, he gladly gives it to a bareheaded clown, and, at long last, comes across a worthy replacement. DePalma's mixed-media illustrations fairly brim with color as they emphasize Rembrandt's patient demeanor in the face of all the ridiculous headgear. The text is a bit wordy for toddlers, but this is a good choice for somewhat older children, who will be more likely to appreciate the humor. Kay Weisman."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Rembrandt, a wide-eyed teddy bear with a frog peeking out of his pocket, pauses in the park to watch a clown juggle eggs and he loses his lucky hat to a gust of wind. So opens this satisfyingly spontaneous and quirky tale, a finely tuned collaboration between debut author Blackaby and DePalma (The Strange Egg). Mixed-media illustrations drolly depict a spirited cast of animal characters the clown juggling the eggs, for example, is shown as a caterpillar in a frilly collar, balancing on stilts with one set of its legs. Rembrandt's laments evoke sympathy from a bird, who obligingly offers himself as a hat substitute. But the bird's feet are prickly and he doesn't stay long, wisely opting to take off when a cat appears and telling Rembrandt, "Your hat looks good enough to eat." Feeling "partly responsible" for the bear's "hat" having flown away, the cat climbs onto Rembrandt's head, but he proves to be heavy, lumpy and fidgety. Rembrandt's dilemma seems to be solved when a rabbit escorts him to a hat shop, where he tries on an array of exotic chapeaux (which DePalma conveys in a delicious series of head shots). Alas, the one he purchases a polka-dotted clown hat that conveniently comes with chin ribbons isn't quite right either. Blackaby and DePalma cap this comical caper with a pleasing set of solutions. All in all, simply fedorable. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Hats -- Fiction.
Lost and found possessions -- Fiction.
Bears -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Company,2002
Contributors DePalma, Mary Newell.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
ISBN 0618114521
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