Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat
Illustrated by Yong Chen
Little, Brown & Company, 1997
From the dust jacket, “Miz Fannie Mae’s husband and daughter want to surprise her with a new Easter hat. When they find, a beautiful hat draped with lace, flowers, fruit, and a tiny nest of speckled eggs, they know it has got to be the finest Easter hat in all of Meridian City. But little do they know just how truly special it is—the whole family is in for a big surprise when Miz Fannie Mae wears her new hat to church and …” **Spoiler Alert!!!** “the eggs start to hatch!”
“In lyrical prose, Melissa Milich tells a hilarious story with roots in a true Easter memory from long ago. Yong Chen, in his picture book debut, makes the distinctive characters and period setting come to life in his graceful, expressive watercolors.”
I enjoyed this book of Easter family fun. It called to mind a tradition lost to some communities – that of having a new hat for Easter Sunday. A new hat was a reminder that spring was here and all the ugly of winter had said goodbye for another year. In the story, it was funny when the mom, Fannie Mae, makes her daughter, Tandy, promise to not let her father bring home an ugly hat. And Tandy and her father in the hat shop – they had fun together and it’s always good to see fathers and their kids having fun together.
The watercolor illustrations are soft and lovely. I like the dreamy feel watercolors can give to a picture and these pictures are of a time that exists only in dreams. Very subtle and very pretty. The text is small to medium and there is a lot of it. This is a picture book for older kittens – not newbies, unless it’s read to them, of course!!
Rating: 4 of 5 paws because of helping us to remember the Easter tradition of new hats!!!