Mr. Zinger's Hat

Mr. Zinger's Hat

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When Mr. Zinger's hat flies in and interrupts Leo's playing, the two of them construct a story as to how exactly the hat took off.
Publisher: Toronto ; Plattsburgh, N.Y. : Tundra Books, c2012
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781770492530
Branch Call Number: je Faga *
Additional Contributors: Petričić, Dušan

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0Charlie Nov 06, 2013

A lovely and warming story of story telling and story sharing. A great book to read one on one. Recommended.

SPL_Childrens Oct 18, 2012

Where does a story come from and who can create a story? When Mr. Zinger, an author, loses his hat to the wind, Leo stops playing with his baseball and runs to catch it. The boy and the man sit down together on a bench. Mr. Zinger suggests that his hat blew away because a story was trying to escape. He peers into it and affirms that indeed, a tale is trying to get out.
Would Leo like to tell the story as it emerges? Leo doesn’t think that he can do that, so the two create a story together – with the author cleverly prompting Leo to supply most of the plot. Their story is about a rich, bored and unhappy young boy who offers half of his wealth to the person who is able to cheer him up. Although many children try – bringing an electric guitar, a flat-screen TV, a canoe, a monkey and other things to amuse the boy – nothing works until one boy brings an ordinary baseball.
The two play catch all afternoon and become good friends. The young boy is no longer bored. When Mr. Zinger leaves, Leo continues to play with his ball until a girl, Sophie, appears. They play ball, become friends and then together, they create another new story from Leo’s baseball cap. Canadian award-winning children’s author Cary Fagan’s imaginative picture book demonstrates the universal appeal of stories – and the truth that anyone, of any age, can create a story.

forbesrachel Sep 21, 2012

The story creating, and story telling process shines in this book. Imagination can flow from an ordinary thing, and friendship can occur by playing the most ordinary of games.

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SPL_Childrens Oct 18, 2012

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7

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