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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (Feb. 22 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140568123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140568127
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #400,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
Miss Fannie is 99 years old and has grown to be about the same size she was as a little girl. She lives with her daughter, Wanda and has a wonderful collection of hats. Each hat is Miss Fannie's favorite, especially the pink straw with silk roses she wears on Easter and everyone at church looks forward to seeing Miss Fannie each week in one of her spectacular hats. One day Miss Fannie's preacher asks her for a special favor. Would she donate one of her hats to the church auction to raise money for repairs and upkeep? Miss Fannie is really excited about being able to help her church and goes home and lays out all her many hats around the room. Which to choose. It's so hard because each tells a story about her life. But in the end, Miss Fannie decides to donate her very favorite pink straw with the silk roses because it will raise the most money and do the most good. On Easter Sunday, Miss Fannie, for the very first time ever, goes to church without a hat. The preacher and the whole congregation are waiting for her. Because of her hat, they were able to patch the church bell, fix the organ and do a little planting so that Miss Fannie will always be able to remember her hat..... Jan Karon has written a lovely, gentle story about love, faith and generosity that youngsters will want to read again and again. Her expressive, simple text is complimented by Toni Goffe's wonderful, cheerful illustrations and together they teach the rewards of kindness and unselfishness. This is a terrific story that's perfect for youngsters 4-8 and is sure to become a classic in the years ahead. Miss Fannie's Hat is a winner!
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By A Customer on March 10 2003
Format: Paperback
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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My daughter (age 3) loves this book! She enjoys looking forher favorite hat each time we read it. Having read the Mitford series,I was glad to see that Jan Karon had written children's books aswell. The illustrations in the book are great, nice and vivid. It's a very cute and fun book to read. It's a loving story not just about the hat, but the relationship that Miss Fannie has with her daughter. That is a story of it's own. It's a great book to give as a gift to anyone, adult or child. Jan Karon is a superb writer and I look forward to purchasing more books written by her for myself, as well as for my children. Another great book written by her that we have purchased is "Jeremy". Enjoy!
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By A Customer on Aug. 10 1998
Format: Paperback
Jan Karon creates a compelling story about another "church member" who gives away her favorite possession to help fix her church for Easter. When my own daughter received it for her birthday, my son launched into his own, fairly accurate, version of the story, shared to him at Sunday School. An excellent book which shares the importance of sacrifice, intergenerational love, and respect. Warning, you may want to read it alone before sharing it with your children..or bring your kleenex!
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By A Customer on July 12 2001
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Jan. 25 1999
Format: Paperback
Jan Karon has done it again! Not only has she kept me spellbound with The Mitford Years, but Jan Karon has created a terrific platform for children's books as well.
Miss Fannie's Hat is a wonderful, true story about Jan Karon's own grandmother, that demonstrates the joys of sacrifice. A lesson can be learned from Miss FannieÑI can only pray that Jan Karon writes more children's books about her grandmother!
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By A Customer on Aug. 3 1999
Format: Paperback
Having read the Mitford series by Jan Karon, I was thrilled to discover she also has written children's books. I know a lady just like Miss Fannie at my church. It's a wonderful story for old and young alike. My women's group had everyone wear hats to their May meeting and shared this book with all the gals. They loved it. And the surprise at the back of the book is really enjoyed by my granddaughters.
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Format: Hardcover
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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