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Monday, December 17, 2018

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat Blog Tour (review)

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat 
By Vern Kousky 
December 11, 2018 
Schwartz and Wade 
Source: pub 

In this sweet picture book that celebrates selflessness and the joy of helping others, a little bear named Harold loses his beloved woolly hat--only to discover that others need it more.  

What makes a bear special? For Harold, it is his beloved striped woolly hat. He wears it when he sleeps, when he goes to school, and even when he takes his monthly bath. But when a crow whisks the hat off his head and high up into a nest, Harold doesn't feel so special anymore. He tries everything to get it back--offering the crow blueberries, worms, and even shiny objects--but alas, the crow will not budge. Turns out that the hat has a new special purpose: keeping three baby crows warm. This heartwarming picture book features an irresistible bear and gently reinforces the notion that it doesn't matter what you have, it's who you are that matters.

Harold’s woolly hat makes him least that’s what he believes. When a crow takes Harold’s beloved woolly hat, Harold tries to trade yummy berries, worms, and his own special collection of shiny things for the hat, but the crow just takes those things too. And when Harold decides to climb to the top of the tree and get his hat back, he discovers a wonderful surprise! 

Vern Kousky’s Harold Loves His Woolly Hat is a heartwarming and charming picture book with a beautiful message about kindness, selflessness, and celebrating what makes you special. 

Kousky’s simple text tells a poignant story that will make readers’ hearts feel as fuzzy and warm as Harold’s hat. Pitch perfect and irresistibly sweet, this story will amuse and inspire little readers as they turn the pages and, along with Harold, discover some wonderful and touching surprises. Visually, this picture book is just lovely! Kousky offers readers pages of soft wintry scenes, full of a pleasing subtle color palette and implied texture, with pops of big, bold colors sprinkled throughout. 

Little readers will fall in love with kind, brave Harold the bear and his sweetly delivered story! 

VERN KOUSKY is the author-illustrator of THE BLUE SONGBIRD, called “lovely” by School Library Journal, and OTTO, THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY, deemed “a witty homage to Leo Lionni’s classic Frederick” by the New York Times. Visit him on the web at or on Instagram at @vernkousky.

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