Rembrandt's Hat

By Mary Newell DePalma (Illustrator); Susan Blackaby
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618114528, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 2002

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On what began as a fine day, a bear named Rembrandt lost his hat. As all of us do now and then, Rembrandt meets up with an unlucky day. He loses something special, something that belonged to him, something hard to replace. It is a frustrating predicament, especially as a bossy bird, a bored cat, and an outspoken rabbit decide to help. Too polite and accommodating to refuse, Rembrandt must find—little by little—a way to take care of things on his own.
With unique mixed-media illustrations, Mary Newell DePalma brings to life this world populated by quirky animals and stylish hats, and together art and text reveal the merits and rewards of patience and perseverance.

About the Author

Mary Newell DePalma's illustrations have appeared in newspapers, books, and magazines. Some of her assignments have involved drawing giraffes, cans of shrimp, mice, matchsticks, and pork chops. The Strange Egg is the first children's book that she has both written and illustrated. She lives in Boston with her husband and their two children.

Praise For Rembrandt's Hat

"Blackaby and DePalma cap this comical caper with a pleasing set of solutions. All i all, simply fedorable." Publishers Weekly

"...the understated humor of both text and illustrations is surprising and effective." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The text is clearly written in short sentences with good pacing for reading aloud...The book is beautifully designed." School Library Journal

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