“My hat is gone. I want it back.”
An easy quick read, I Want My Hat Back consists of dialog between a bear and various other animals. The minimal use of color helps emphasize the importance of paying attention. Children will find the hat long before bear will remember where he last saw his hat. The story also teaches children that it honesty is best. After all, you don’t want to be eaten by a bear.
For a fun large group activity, get a large paper bag, roll up the edge and give the kids free rein with art materials as they design their own hat. Afterward, have the kids look at everyone’s hats and then close their eyes as you switch their hats around. Tell the children to ask questions about their hats, as they try to find the correct owner.
Themes: honesty, recollection
Title: I Want My Hat Back
Author/Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press (September 27, 2011)