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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
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.
Every time my wife or I read this story to our children, we shed a few tears (of happiness, mostly) .... Read morePublished on April 12 2004
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.Published on May 8 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 morePublished on April 26 2002 by Patricia Dagle
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... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2001 by Geoffrey L Smith
My 4 year old loves this story as do I. It is a lovely, warm, story. I love the fact that the "heroine" is 99 years old. Read morePublished on May 26 2001
This sweet book is a refreshing reminder that unselfishness never goes unrewarded!Published on March 16 2001