In The Hat, Jan Brett brings a warmth that will illuminate through the winter chill, with Hedgie the Hedgehog. Hedgie finds a woolen stocking that belongs to the girl, Lisa. Lisa has hung her winter woolen clothing on the line to air out. Hedgie finds the stocking which has blown off the line. When his curiosity gets the best of him, Hedgie not only takes a look inside the stocking, but actually gets his head stuck in it. When all the other animals begin to laugh and make fun of him, Hedgie tells them that he is wearing the newest and best thing ever, a hat to keep him warm.
When Hedgie finally has some of the animals convinced that he is wearing the stocking as a hat, on purpose, Lisa comes out to find her missing stocking and sees Hedgies predicament. With caring and concern, she helps him get out of it, and explains that animals don’t need to wear winter clothes, they are already equipped with the fur they need to keep warm.
One of the most heartwarming children’s books, The Hat offers more than the laughter and charm of an endearing story, but the artwork is something in itself. With paintings of the Scandinavia countryside, farms, and the forest, The Hat carries a beauty that isn’t found in every children’s book. Hedgie, as well as all the other animals, are seen in a setting that is beautiful and will draw the reader in to the scene. Sharing this story with your children will be something that will draw you together with an adventure that is both humorous and heartwarming.