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Miss Fannie's hat
Karon, Jan, 1937-
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Minneapolis, MN : Augsburg, [1998]

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32 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm + 1 folded page and 1 sheet of stickers in pocket.
When ninety-nine-year-old Miss Fannie gives up her favorite pink straw hat with the roses, to help raise money for her church, she receives an unexpected reward.
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Miss Fannie is ninety-nine years old. And very small. In fact, she's grown to be about the same size she was as a little girl. Miss Fannie has lots of hats. And each one is her favorite. But when she gives up her very favorite hat, the famous pink straw with roses, to help raise money in the church auction, Miss Fannie -- and the reader -- is in for a real treat.

Readers young and old will be enchanted by Miss Fannie. As they fall in love with her and her colorful hats and memories, they'll discover wonderful truths about trust and faith and the rewards of unselfish love.

Miss Fannie gives readers a wonderful grandmother!

Author Notes

Jan Karon was born in North Carolina in 1937. After a career in advertising, she began writing a column in the Blowing Rocket. The column, about life in the small North Carolina town of Mitford, centered around an Episcopalian minister named Father Tim. Her Father Tim stories were collected into a book and published by a Christian publisher. She is the author of A Mitford Novel series and two children's books entitled Miss Fannie's Hat and Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny. She has won numerous awards for her work including the Christy Award for A New Song and the Gold Medallion Award for A New Song, A Common Life, In This Mountain, and Shepards Abiding.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

PW called this tale about an elderly lady who sells her prized hat to finance a new church garden "a cheerful story that offers a worthy message while avoiding a didactic tone." All ages. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2ÄMiss Fannie is 99 years old, and has been wearing hats to church as long as anyone can remember. Members of the congregation always comment on her chapeaus, which range from red felt and feathers to her favorite pink straw hat with silk roses. When the church decides to have a fund-raiser, they ask the woman for one of her hats for the auction. She asks God to help her decide which one to donate and reminisces about them, revealing details of her life. Finally, she makes the biggest sacrifice: her favorite hat, which brings in enough money to fix the churchÄand plant flowers the color of her hat. Goffe's line-and-watercolor illustrations have a cartoonlike quality, yet the warm colors fit the story and the hats are well drawn. The book includes reusable stickers and a storyboard, which will not last long in libraries. Adult fans of Karon's work may want to share it with youngsters, and church libraries will proudly display it on their shelves. A sweet, gentle story.ÄAngela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.