First, the facts:
Title: A Hat for Mrs Goldman
Author: Michelle Edwards
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Published by: Schwarz & Wade Books, 2016
Type: Children’s book
No chapters, just a sweet story
The In-Depth Look:
This is an adorable little story book for kids which is particularly hard to review because I don’t want to give too much away!
It tells the story of Sophia, whose neighbor next door is so busy knitting things for other people, she doesn’t have time to make anything for herself. What will her young neighbor do?
Honestly, I already feel I’ve said too much–but even if the story is perhaps predictable to grown-up readers, the story is still sweet and caring. Charming, too.
The illustrations by G. Brian Karas are sweet, gently tinted pictures against tea-colored pages–not bright or gaudy, but carefully calibrated to the tone of the story. The artist even taught himself to knit, to be sure to get the illustrations right–you have to love his dedication.
The story ends with a knitting pattern for the hat itself, so you can make one for yourself. Or your kid can make one. It’s a simple pattern geared toward a (very) new knitter–just right, I think, to tie in to Sophia’s story. This isn’t about Mom making something for her kid–it’s about the kid figuring out how to make something wonderful.
This book is charming and sweet and lovely and gentle and … just really nice. I would have loved it as a kid and it makes me smile now, too.
This review copy was kindly donated by the author. Thank you!
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