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Rosie's Hat Hardcover – 1 Jul 2005


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Books (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333999231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333999233
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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Because this isn't just any old hat. It can also be a toy for a dog, a hiding-place for a mouse, a frisbee for some children and a nest for some birds. Surely poor Rosie will never find her hat again . . . or will she?

About the Author

Julia Donaldson has owned several hats over the years, including a special straw one she used to wear while busking. She is the author of many bestselling picture books, including the modern classic, THE GRUFFALO (0 333 71093 2) and its sensationally successful sequel, THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD (1 405 02045 8). Julia's other writing credits include plays and songs, and her drama and storytelling sessions are hugely popular.



Anna Currey often wore a hat while working on the illustrations for this book, as she sketched much of it outdoors on a windy hill in Ireland. Anna's many successful picture books include I FORGOT TO SAY I LOVE YOU by Miriam Moss (0 333 97233 3) and THE MACMILLAN TREASURY OF NURSERY RHYMES AND POEMS (0 333 74165 X), as well as her previous collaboration with Julia Donaldson, ONE TED FALLS OUT OF BED (0 333 94782 7), publishing in paperback in August 2005.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By brother-juniper on 24 July 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully illustrated and well written children's book. Quite different to Julia Donaldson's better-known and rather formulaic Gruffalo-style books it is a delightful story written in charming couplets. Heavenly reading for children between 18 months to 3 years.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Sands on 12 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a parent and a teacher I found this book an absolute gem. The story may have few words but the rhythm, rhyme and repetition that characterise Julia Donaldson's work are all here. The illustrations lend themselves to lots of discussion and my two year old keeps me on my toes with his observations. I have also used it in the classroom as the use of verbs at the end of each page is fantastic for literacy work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Chapman on 27 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
I 've enjoyed many of Julia Donaldson's other books, but liked this one rather more, though my daughter probably liked it a little less. Perhaps that's not such a good recommendation, but keep reading! This book explores the life that our possesions lead and have, beyond us, so when Rosie loses her hat, we see its own life in the world, away from Rosie. It's quite a simple tale, yet is complex in it's exploration of the loss of something, and our relationship as individuals to the whole, wide world and the people and animals in it. It also (unusually) for a toddler age book, shows the passing of time, as the reader sees Rosie grow up and become an adult. Without wanting to sound too pretentious(!!), I felt this book was quite profound, but is a really lovely children's story. The illustrations are beautiful and create a wistful, touching atmosphere. As my husband said, it almost makes you want to cry at the end, and it makes you think too. I think it would be an excellent book for any child who has lost a treasured posession. It helps us see the world in a new way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beansmummy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this from the library for my 3 year old Donaldson-lover, and was not disappointed. It started several long discussions about growing up and what happens to all our toys etc when we do, and how things can have many uses, and about recycling, and about memories.

It is a simple rhythmic rhyming story (how could that other reviewer miss the rhyme?), with gently beautiful illustrations, about a little girl whose hat blows away in the wind. It becomes a hiding place for a mouse, a frisby for some children, a sandcastle-mould, and a nest for a bird, and is finally rediscovered by the grown up Rosie, now a fireman, when rescuing a cat from the tree in which the hat is in use as a nest.

Simple, elegant, thought-provoking and conversation-inspiring. What more can you ask from a toddler/ pre-schooler book?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SwissMs on 24 Mar 2013
Format: Paperback
My daughter tends to fixate on her favourite books and it's quite a challenge to get her to try something new, but we finally persuaded her to try 'Rosie's Hat' as an alternative to 'Hippo Has A Hat'. She was 18 months old at the time and it immediately became one of her favourites. I'll admit to not enjoying reading it to start with - I found the second line of each rhyming couplet a bit annoying (puff puff blow blow etc), and though I like the concept of the story, I felt I had to explain what was going on in the pictures to my daughter so she would understand it, which interrupts the flow of the verse. It just goes to show that I know nothing about the understanding capability of children though, as now, at just past 2 years, my daughter understand the story perfectly and asks questions about the pictures, she can recite the second line of each couplet herself as I read it, and recite chunks of the book on her own (though usually in a random order!). She loves it, it encourages her curiosity and speech development, and I couldn't ask for more than that from a children's book.
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Although the story is nice, it was a bit disappointing for us as we were expecting this book to be of the same nature as the other Donaldson's books. Our children don't like it as much as the other books (A squash and a squeeze, room on the broom, monkey puzzle, day monkey night monkey.....).
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By Sardine on 3 May 2012
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This is a really lovely book. Both of my preschoolers enjoy having it read to them at bedtime, and I enjoy reading it which is always a bonus! Very simple story but very effectively told and my children love the illustrations. The part they enjoy most is the bit where Rosie "grows, and grows, and grows" and it shows her in stages going from a child to an adult, they really love that. Recommend to anyone with young children.
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