Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"The Scarecrow's Hat" Written & Illustrated by Ken Brown

ISBN:  9781561452408
$15.94 Hardcover
About the book: A resourceful chicken seeks the help of her farm animal friends to solve a problem, while giving something of herself along the way.

Chicken really admires Scarecrow's hat. Scarecrow would gladly trade his hat for a walking stick to rest his tired arms. Chicken doesn't have a walking stick to trade—but she knows someone who does. This begins her quest to find items to trade among her farm friends, all to obtain a walking stick to swap for Scarecrow's hat. But why does Chicken want an old straw hat?

This clever story written and illustrated by Ken Brown poses a problem and offers a creative solution that young children will delight in discovering. Brown's bright watercolors and gentle tone will keep readers captivated.

Review:  I love the illustrations in this book, especially the owl!  The details on these pages are beautiful. You have to look at them a couple of times to see everything  they encompass such as the spider web and the owl's hat.

Likewise, each time an item is mentioned, you look for it and aren't disappointed.  The eye-catching watercolors are beautifully done. (rev. M.Free, ACS Art Instructor)

I envision children sitting with their "reader" who reads bits of this delightful story about chicken needing/wanting the straw hat.  Each step of the story is page turning and will involve the child as the "reader" engages them to look for specifics on each page.  Good children's books involve the child in searching as well as listening to the story.  The child will search for delights on the pages as chicken continues to search for something to exchange for the straw hat. (rev. VG)

About the author: Ken Brown studied illustration at Birmingham Art College in England. Brown has served both as writer-illustrator and as illustrator for numerous children’s books, among them The Scarecrow's Hat; What's the Time, Grandma Wolf?; The Wolf Is Coming!; and Mucky Pup, which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal in England. He lives with his wife, Ruth Brown, also a well-known children's illustrator, in England.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary review copy of The Scarecrow's Hat was provided by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviews.

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