Miss Hunnicutt’s Hat by Jeff Brumbeau

HunnicutMiss Hunnicutt’s Hat, written by Jeff Brumbeau & illustrated by Gail de Mercken, was a wonderful book. I reviewed another one of the author’s book, The Quiltmaker’s Gift. I like this author/illustrator team. I am going to find more of their books. I like their style. N-e way, on to the review.

(From the book jacket) The prim little town of Littleton is in a tizzy preparing for a visit from the Queen. So when Miss Hunnicutt steps out in her fancifully fowl-ish hat, the stuffy townsfolk are scandalized. The chicken has to go!

But plucky Miss Hunnicutt stands up for her right to wear what she likes. And when the Queen’s arrival prompts a surprising turn of events, the townspeople learn to celebrate the silly eccentricities that make life interesting.

That was the summary from the book’s author. Now, this is my summary of the book.

I really liked this book. I asked my students what they thought this book was really about and they said, “being yourself, being individual, & unique, not being afraid to be yourself, etc.”. I was quite impressed. I guess I taught them well.

Miss Hunnicutt is very proper. She never does anything wrong or out of the ordinary. The only thing she likes out of the ordinary are her hats. A lady has to have something that makes her stand out, right?

Standing out is what Miss Hunnicut does! During the course of the book, you will see the transformation of Miss Hunnicutt. Although some of the jokes may go over kids’ heads, the book is full of laugh out loud moments. (It was for me anyway!)

This books makes for a great discussion about individualism, quirkiness, standing up for yourself, and loving yourself. I recommend it as a mother and a teacher. It would make a great personal gift for anyone who is different and embraces it. As always, you can pick it up at your local library or bookstore.


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