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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1 edition (7 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405000074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405000079
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.3 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One little girl, one smart hat -- and a sudden gust of wind . . . --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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?

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16 of 16 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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21 of 22 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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By Sardine on 3 May 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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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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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By energiser bunny on 22 Feb. 2006
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I bought this book because we own every other Julia Donaldson book, but this one is aimed at a younger age than most of the others.
I had to make up the story for my little girl as the book is short on words, I know some would say this is a benefit, not when your 3 year old wants you to point out every word as you read it.
Its now being passed on the local libary.
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