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The Scarecrows Hat
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The Scarecrow’s Hat

by Ken Brown

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?

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

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-240-8
Publication Date: 3/1/2001
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-5/8″ x 10-5/8″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-570-6
Publication Date: 2/1/2011
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-5/8″ x 10-5/8″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
AR Level: 3.2
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre F
Lexile: AD490L
Themes: Circular Tale, Negotiation, Problem Solving
BISAC 1: JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

Reviews

“Children will enjoy the repetition and refrain. Vibrant watercolors simultaneously depict the natural beauty of a blooming meadow in spring and the fine execution of expressions on the animals’ faces and in their body language…. satisfying, funny.” ―School Library Journal

“A gentle picture book with an old-fashioned feel…. Brown’s story proceeds at a leisurely pace, allowing young readers time to join in Chicken’s creative problem-solving…. The true standout here…is Brown’s artwork-his airy sun-dappled watercolors evoke a pleasant summer day.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A brilliant watercolorist, Brown sets this familiarly patterned tale in sunny, poppy-strewn rural locales, and populates it with animals that are at once wonderfully lifelike and comically expressive…. Great for storytelling, with big beautiful pictures for a topper.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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“Problem solving takes center stage in this story of how a resourceful chicken, every bit as determined as the Little Red Hen, barters for a scarecrow’s hat…. Realistic watercolors greatly enhance this plucky, humorous tale.” ―Booklist

“The details on these pages are beautiful…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.” ―ACS Reader’s Haven

“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.” ―It’s About Time Mamaw

The Scarecrow’s Hat is a lovely, gentle book. The repetition in the story makes it an engaging read-aloud.” ―Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes

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Awards

Children’s Literature Choice List (Picture Books, Ages 4-8) ―Children’s Literature, 2002

Best Bets for the Classroom (Picture Books) ―Virginia Center for Children’s Books, 2001

Nevada Young Readers’ Award (Nominee, Picture Books) ―Nevada Library Association, 2003

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

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.