The Hat That Wore Clara B.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Mar 31, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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On Mother’s Sunday at church, Clara B.’s grandma has the most beautiful hat of all the ladies. When people compliment her on it, she says, “Honey, I’m not wearing this hat. This hat is wearing me!” Clara B. likes to sit behind the hat in church and pretend it is wearing her. One day Clara B. decides that pretending isn’t enough, and she waits for her chance at the hat. But when the right moment comes along and she finally gets her hands on it, things don’t go exactly as she’d planned . . .

Exuberant illustrations by Frank Morrison perfectly capture a colorful African American Baptist tradition – and the special relationship between a girl, her grandma, and a big, bold, beautiful hat.

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User Review  - ambourg7 - LibraryThing

This story reminds me of the relationship that I have with one of my grandmothers. Clara just wanted to try on her grandmothers special hat that she has always admired. When the opportunity came Clara ... Read full review

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User Review  - courtneyspako - LibraryThing

Clara really loved her grandmother's hat and wanted to wear it more than anything. She finally could not take it anymore and wore the hat without permission. While wearing it Clara ends up messing it ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

MELANIE TURNER-DENSTAEDT (1963–2007) lived in Upland, California, with her husband and five children. This was her first book. FRANK MORRISON has illustrated many books, including Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts, for which he received the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Award. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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