When papa bear gives Douglas a new hat, he is so excited to wear it that he heads outside! He's having so much fun in his new hat that he doesn't notice it unraveling. Until it's too late. What will his dad think? It's a brand new hat and it's ruined. Some friends try to help him reconstruct the hat, others want to use the wool for other purposes, but finally, Douglas realizes there is only one thing to do.
Despite knowing exactly where the story is going on page 2, this is sure to be a book that is read and reread multiple times! The illustrations are well-played and toddlers and preschoolers can see from the imagery what is happening with Douglas' hat before he does. They LOVE being the smartest people in the room and this story lets them do just that!
The text is great, built on dialogue among the characters, but you can also tell the story from the images alone. Encourage your preschooler to "read" the book to you. I also want to find all of the other books in this series.
Fabulous illustrations (show) complemented by a friendly bear and his worries (tell) make this a super-cute, fun read-aloud any time of day.
This is part of a picture-book series about a bear whose trying to figure out growing up.
"Worry" is the titled emotion, but the feeling Douglas expresses is also fear. The distinction is too fine a point for preschoolers, but not early elementary-aged children. The underlying theme is to own mistakes and that sometimes things happen and it isn't about "fault."
Ask your readers what they think about how Douglas' friends tried to "help" him. Were they empathetic or thinking of themselves? For example, the bird instantly took the wool to use for its nest, not even trying to help Douglas.
You might also ask them what other ideas they have for Douglas and his hat. Surely someone will suggest remaking it.
7 and Up
3 to 9
Buy. This is a great story in telling the truth and family.