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Summary: Hattie hates to have her hair cut and is quite vehement about it. The night before her scheduled cut, Hattie dreams that her hair gets so long her grandmothers start knitting it and birds build nests. This is a story about turning a child's fear into a gift for others.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: na
Young Reader Reaction: none from this reviewer
Adult Reader Reaction: The rhyme is easy, keeps the subject light and adds to the humor. Monica Kendall's pencil and watercolor illustrations capture Hattie's moods perfectly. As I recall, my daughter wasn't nearly so vocal so even parents who think their child tolerates getting a haircut well might be mistaken.
Pros: This is the perfect book for a child who doesn't like to sit still for the barber, but it is also a delightful poem touched with humor and a lovely little lesson in giving.
Cons: None, though I would have liked to see this book include the name, Website or other contact information of a charity that handles the donation of hair. This lapse may be forgiven, however, for other than that, Hattie is a honey!
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great book, with a wonderful lesson.
Educational Themes: Although the obvious theme is overcoming one's fears, the idea of "doing for others" is not so subtle that it will be lost on the child. A great way to introduce philanthropy to a preschooler.
Notes: This review submitte by award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson.