But the bear in this book paws down; he's got to be the dimmest, most slow-witted, brilliantly stupid wedding hats bear to come along in years. I really love him. NPR Weekend Edition Four pages into this charmer, every kindergartner will know where the bear's missing hat is but they'll never predict the hilarious revenge he takes on the thief. People Magazine A sly picture book& Young readers and listeners will love being in on the joke, making them appreciate the story's humor even more. BookPage The joy of this book lies in figuring out the explicit plot baby hats from the implicit details in the pictures, especially a few wordless ones. Chicago Tribune A coterie of woodland animals is drawn in a minimalistic style and a palette of browns with a splash of red. The dialogue is simple and sly.
A bear has lost its hat and wants it back. It wanders around and asks all the animals it encounters whether they've seen it. A fox and the frog haven't seen the hat. A rabbit, who is wearing a pointy red hat, also denies of having seen it but has a much more lengthy explanation: "No. Why are you asking me. I haven't' seen it. I haven't seen any hats anywhere. I would not steal a hat. Don't ask me any more questions" A tortoise hasn't seen it. A snake once saw a blue and round hat. An armadillo doesn't even know what a hat is. The bear thanks them each anyway politely. It lies down depressed. Then a deer comes and asks what tilley hats the hat looks like. As soon as the bear starts describing the hat it remembers where it has seen the hat. It jumps up and runs back until it meets the thief and recovers the hat.
After the Bear realizes it has seen its hat,it runs back to the Rabbit saying "YOU STOLE MY HAT!" This introduces a new conflict, the recovery of the hat. The book does not narrate how this happens, and not until the Bear encounters the squirrel do we get an idea. When the squirrel asks if the bear has seen a rabbit in a red hat, it replies that it has not, and would never eat a rabbit. Beyond what we know to be a lie, that the Bear has not seen the Rabbit, we now have a possible answer to how the Bear recovered his hat. The Bear ate the Rabbit. Why else would it bring up the topic of eating rabbits? The squirrel did not ask if it had eaten rabbits, just as earlier on the Bear had not asked the Rabbit if it had stolen the hat. Nevertheless, both the Rabbit and the Bear attest to not having done these things, which as we have discussed is highly suspicious.
Both animals deny doing anything wrong, but the actions they deny differ. The Rabbit, if it did steal, did not do so in response to anything, while the Bear, if it did eat the Rabbit, did so in retaliation for the theft of the hat. In this way the killing of the Rabbit can be viewed as punishment. But is it just, or even proper punishment? This is what we will talk about with the students. This sort of discussion will cover ideas of reciprocity, such as what sorts of punishments fit different kinds of crimes and will introduce the students to the idea of how a punishment can be just, and we will ask them to explain what makes something just. Later in the discussion this will be brought up again in the form of reciprocity, whether or not justness comes from a punishment being equally bad as the crime. By questioning alternatives the Bear could have taken we bring into question the necessity of punishment. Perhaps death was not a good punishment for theft, perhaps a less violent form of retribution could have been enacted.
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