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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 Story of Love and Generosity March 9 2001
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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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 Miss Fannie's Hat May 2 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every mother and child! Aug. 10 1998
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a tea party! July 12 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book for everyone! Jan. 25 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Easter story Aug. 3 1999
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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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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 beautiful story about family, faith, and sharing
Every time my wife or I read this story to our children, we shed a few tears (of happiness, mostly) .... Read more
Published on April 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Karon does it again!
Even big kids will enjoy this sweet story that only Jan Karon could tell.
Published on Aug. 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC!
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 by "sohotampachick"
5.0 out of 5 stars sacrifical love at its best for kids!
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 more
Published on April 26 2002 by Patricia Dagle
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book to Share with Children
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 more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Geoffrey L Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
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 more
Published on May 26 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book!
This sweet book is a refreshing reminder that unselfishness never goes unrewarded!
Published on March 16 2001
When I received my copy of Miss Fannie's Hats, I fully intended to send it to my granddaughter. But when I read the book, I found a great joy at seeing another side of Jan Karon. Read more
Published on March 9 2001 by "nana1248"
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