Sunday, June 13, 2010

Children's Book Review: Whose Hat Is This?

Media Type: Print Book
Title: Whose Hat Is This?
Author: Sharon Katz Cooper
Publisher: Capstone Press
Pages: Paperback; 24
Release Date: January 1, 2006
Source: School Library
Recommended to: Young readers who enjoy non-fiction books.

Difficulty Level: Readers 4-8 years of age would benefit most from the illustrations and job descriptions.

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This entry in the "Whose Is It?" series presents seven community jobs by looking at the hats worn by a variety of workers, including a firefighter, a beekeeper, a football player, a chef, and a construction worker. The text asks, "Whose hat is this," and describes each with a pithy adjective (hard and yellow, tall and clean, warm and snug). The page turn produces the hat and worker with several sentences describing what he or she does.

The boys in my class were complaining about a lack of "boy" books. So when I saw the hardhat on the cover I was intrigued. Whose Hat Is This? is a look at community workers and the hats that they wear. The book is interactive too! Each job has a page with the hat in bright colors, and then the page following has the worker and the name of the job that they do. Kids will enjoy trying to guess who the hat belongs to.

I was especially enamored with the fact that there are both men and women in each job. Young children will see that any person can have any job. It was definitely a nice touch. After reading through this book, I also understand why it is rated from ages 4-8. Although the pages themselves have very simple wording, underneath each job is a longer and more in-depth description of that job.

I would recommend this book to any teacher for use with their Kindergarten, First or even Second Grade classes! I'll also say that this is an exceptional book for the boys, they were entertained the entire way through.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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