Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Review - Harold Loves His Woolly Hat

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat

by Vern Kousky
Date: 2018
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

In this sweet picture book that celebrates selflessness and the joy of helping others, a little bear named Harold loses his beloved woolly hat--only to discover that others need it more.

What makes a bear special? For Harold, it is his beloved striped woolly hat. He wears it when he sleeps, when he goes to school, and even when he takes his monthly bath. But when a crow whisks the hat off his head and high up into a nest, Harold doesn't feel so special anymore. He tries everything to get it back--offering the crow blueberries, worms, and even shiny objects--but alas, the crow will not budge. Turns out that the hat has a new special purpose: keeping three baby crows warm. This heartwarming picture book features an irresistible bear and gently reinforces the notion that it doesn't matter what you have, it's who you are that matters.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat is a sweet story about a little bear who finds a striped hat and proceeds to wear it everywhere because it makes him feel special. One day, though, a crow steals his hat. Harold tries to get it back, attempting to make trades with the crow. But when nothing works, Harold decides to take matters into his own paws... and discovers that someone may need that hat more than he does.

The message is really sweet and the illustrations are cute. This would be a good pick for those looking for picture books about kindness.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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