My Red Hat

Candlewick. Feb. 2021. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536212716.
PreS-Gr 1–In illustrations reminiscent of the works of James Stevenson, an older white man—a grandfather?—tells his young female charge that a hat is full of possibilities. It can keep her dry, warm, or cool. It can help her to be silly or stand out in a crowd. And a hat given from the heart? It represents the love that goes along on any adventure life brings. In Stubbs’s tender debut, blue and red ink on graphite sketches depict the unnamed protagonists exploring the world through a red hat. The hat accompanies the pair on their adventures near and far, simple and serious. The strong, trusting bond between them is evident whether they are navigating bustling crowds diverse in race, age, and ability on their way to the park, or in quiet moments safe to express secrets and fears. The young girl daydreams of solo adventures in far away places wearing the hat, but always returning home. Similar in concept to Lauren Castillo’s Nana in the City, this cozy story is sure to bring smiles to the faces of many and is one to share with a loved one.
VERDICT A sweetly potent homage to the special love between old and young; recommended for all public library collections.

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