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Miss Fannie's Hat [Paperback]

Jan Karon , Toni Goffe
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Feb. 22 2001 Picture Puffins
Ninety-nine year old Miss Fannie has lots of hats, and she loves them all. But her favorite is the pink straw hat with the silk roses. That's the one Miss Fannie has worn on Easter Sunday for the past thirty-five years. When Miss Fannie's preacher asks her to donate one of her precious hats to the church auction, choosing which one to part with is no small task. This heartwarming story about the rewards of unselfish love will enchant readers young and old.

The star of Miss Fannie's Hat is based on Jan Karon's own grandmother. "My grandmother, Miss Fannie, was so wonderful I wanted to share her with everyone," says Jan Karon. "I wrote Miss Fannie's Hat to give both children and adults a sense of family, to give them the grandmother or great-grandmother they never had, or always wished they had. Briefly, the story is about sacrifice--and the rewards that can come when we give with a willing heart."

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"Miss Fannie has lots of hats. And each one is her favorite." At age 99, Miss Fannie has much history--and even more hats. She was wearing her green velour hat when she witnessed a terrible flood in 1916. Her wide-brimmed felt hat with the gleaming black feather reminds her of the hawk she caught to keep it from killing her hens and biddies. But her pink straw hat with silk roses truly is her favorite. For 35 years she's worn this hat to church every Easter Sunday, and "it always makes her feel brand-new, like Easter itself." She's not the only one who thinks it's special. When her handsome young preacher asks her to donate a hat to the church auction, Miss Fannie knows what she has to do. She takes a deep breath, thinks of her favorite verse from the Bible, "With God, all things are possible," and wraps up her pink straw hat. But she doesn't realize just how much is possible until the Easter Sunday after the auction.

Jan Kuron, popular author of the bestselling series for adults, The Mitford Years, as well as the children's book, Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny, crafts a pleasing story of a charming woman (based on Kuron's own grandmother) who reaps the sweet rewards of her generosity. Toni Goffe's warm, cartoonish illustrations will make readers smile. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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PW called this tale about an elderly lady who sells her prized hat to finance a new church garden "a cheerful story that offers a worthy message while avoiding a didactic tone." All ages. (Feb.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story about family, faith, and sharing April 12 2004
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Every time my wife or I read this story to our children, we shed a few tears (of happiness, mostly) .... thinking of aging grandmothers, of faith, of the joy of sharing the things we treasure. This short, funny, story is simply the most beautiful children's book we have ever read. You must read it!
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Jan Karon's Miss Fannie's Hat is a picture book for young Christian readers, about a little old lady who loves her hats - yet when her church needs help, she gives up her favorite hat of all for their auction. Playful color illustrations by Toni Goffe mark this whimsical and highly recommended story about the joy of sharing. A cheerfully narrated audio CD accompanies this special edition Christian storybook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great book! March 10 2003
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Miss Fannie is ninety-nine years old and lives with her daughter Wanda. She reads the Bible everyday and has worn out three of them. Miss Fannie is known for her hats of various kinds. She never wears the same hat twice in a row. Every hat has a special meaning to her and brings back memories from her childhood. Every Easter Sunday for thirty-five years Miss Fannie wears her pink straw hat with silk roses. She was asked to donate a hat to auction off by the preacher at her church. After a long time deciding she finally chose the pink straw hat with silk roses. Knowing it would raise a lot of money to fix up the church. This year on Easter morning Miss Fannie goes to church without wearing a hat. When she arrives at church they had planted pink roses in her honor. I thought this book was great and would recommend it. I would recommend it because it taught how to give up something that is special to you so other people can benefit from it. ~ Katelyn Carson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Karon does it again! Aug. 12 2002
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Even big kids will enjoy this sweet story that only Jan Karon could tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC! May 8 2002
When I get older I want to be able to wear "all my old hats"-- figuratively speaking. I bought this book for my niece, but now I will not part with it because I just love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sacrifical love at its best for kids! April 26 2002
This book showed my daughter and son (who actually read it more!) that giving is our ultimate purpose. Wether it be a beloved hat or our time or resources. Read this book to your kids. You will feel good and so will they.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book to Share with Children Dec 8 2001
This book covers so many themes that are needed for today's children! The importance of learning about and respecting their elders, the importance of giving and of making sacrifices, and the the importance of church community. In addition to the powerful themes, the story and illustrations are excellent! This is an especially wonderful book for a grandparent to give to a grandchild...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a tea party! July 13 2001
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Recently our daughter celebrated her 5th birthday with Miss Fannie's Hat being the center of storytime. After all the guests decorated straw hats to wear, it was heartwarming to watch them as they wore their hats and listened to how Miss Fannie was a person who was caring and unselfish. All the girls loved the story and we're now passing on copies of the book as birthday presents to the girls who attended the party. A must have for any girl's book collection.
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