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Hats, and animals with tails, are some of my just turned 2-year-old's favorite things, so he's really taken with this slightly twisted tale of a bear searching for his lost hat. And I'm happy to read it to him, because I'm as big a fan of "I Want My Hat Back" as he is. This is one of those rare parent-child books.
What's the story? In his search for his lost hat, a polite but direct bear questions a handful of his fellow forest-dwelling animals. Their responses - the meat of this book - range from straightforward to paranoid to confused.
The book's clean design and simple illustrations have a retro feel, but it's the story's natural-world-rules ending that really recalls the storybooks of my childhood: when the bear discovers that the rabbit's the one who has stolen his lost hat, he does a whole lot more than just steal it back!
This last part is lost on my son, and that's fine. All he knows is that the bear has a really awesome red pointy hat and a small but sufficient tail.
This one's best for kids ages 2 to 6.
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