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The Scarecrow's Hat

Ken Brown


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Paperback (2/1/2011)


In this classroom favorite, a resourceful chicken enlists her farm friends to get a coveted hat from Scarecrow. A delightful circular tale and fall read-aloud!

Chicken really admires Scarecrow's straw 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.

Author-illustrator Ken Brown pairs vivid, realistic watercolors with an inventive plot, engaging sequencing, and repetition to tell a charming circular story packed with relatable themes of friendship, bartering, and problem-solving. This award-winning title is an ideal story time choice for autumn and harvest themes.

Praise For The Scarecrow's Hat

"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

"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

"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

"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

Peachtree, 9781561452408, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2001

About the Author

Ken Brown studied illustration at Birmingham Art College in England and wrote and illustrated numerous children's books. He lived with his wife, Ruth Brown, also a well-known children's illustrator, in England until his death.