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I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
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Feb 24, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: children-s-literature, picture-book, animals, hats, clothing, bears, lost-and-found
Read in February, 2012

A bear has "lost" his hat. He asks a fox, a frog, a rabbit (who is actually wearing the hat), a turtle, a snake and some other creature I can't identify. He lays down to contemplate the loss of his hat when a deer walks by. When the deer asks what's the matter, the bear begins to describe the missing hat and realizes that he did see it on the rabbit. So he does get his hat back. But then a squirrel walks by and asks the bear if he's seen a missing hat. The bear reacts in a very guilty fashion, just like the rabbit implying that the hat he took away from the rabbit is in fact the squirrel's hat and not even his.

Great, let's teach kids it's ok to steal; and in fact is funny...

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message 1: by Carrie (new)

Carrie The rabbit pays for his crimes, isn't that a good moral? :)

Melanie Carrie wrote: "The rabbit pays for his crimes, isn't that a good moral? :)"

Ok, fine. The rabbit pays for his crimes. Wait, how? He just gives the hat back. There is no explanation of punishment...

message 3: by Carrie (new)

Carrie The rabbit is eaten by the bear! Did you read this book? :)

Melanie Of course I read the book! And unless I'm missing a page, there's nothing to suggest that the bear ate the rabbit. What am I missing?

Melanie Oh, wait, maybe the bear squashed the rabbit. Now I see. Gotcha!

message 6: by Carrie (new)

Carrie :) You should try
E-mergency!- it had me laughing all over the library.

Melanie Is there a page that says that? I'm beginning to wonder if I got a defective copy...

message 8: by Carrie (new)

Carrie No, the book never exactly says that the bear ate the rabbit, it is inferred.

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