Not My Hats! is written by Tracy Gunaratnam (author of one of our favourite books; Hamster Sitter Wanted) and illustrated by Alea Marley. It is a 32-page picture book story about sharing.
Hettie is a polar bear that just loves to wear hats. She has a very large collection of hats in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. While Hettie will share anything she has in her possession she will most definitely not share her precious hats.
While fishing one day, her friend Puffin comes by, and as his head is getting cold he asks Hettie for a hat, her reply was:
“I’ll share my lollies, my dollies, my books and my brollies, my flippers and my slippers and I’ll even share my kippers… but I’ll never, ever share my HATS!”
As she wouldn’t share her hats, Puffin decided he was hungry so accepted the kippers. When he tried again later and she still wouldn’t share her hats he decided that his feet were cold so accepted her offer of the slippers. Puffin then came up with a solution that would be beneficial to them both, but will he succeed?
Overall, while Not My Hats! is a simple and colourful story about sharing things with others, it is fun and entertaining and a good lesson for children.
Written in a style that children will be able to read and understand they will take away the lesson that sharing and joining in with your friends is a positive thing, not only will you both be happy, but you will get to try new things.
It has been beautifully illustrated by Alea Marley in an uncomplicated way using bright and bold colours to portray the story.
Another great bedtime read, or even for storytime in a classroom, from Tracy Gunaratnam.
RRP: £7.99 (paperback)