Item description for Kiki's Hats: Our Gifts Live on and on by Warren Hanson...
Overview Kiki loves to knit hats and give them away, leading many other people to be generous, as well.
Publishers Description KIKI'S HATS is a lively story of a spunky and lovable woman who knits hats and gives them away. Kiki shows us that we all can do something wonderful for someone else.and it does not have to be complicated or difficult. It can be as simple as raking your neighbor's leaves or visiting someone who is sick. We each have the power to create something good that can last a lifetime.and beyond! That's the miracle of Kiki's Hats.
Awards and Recognitions Kiki's Hats: Our Gifts Live on and on by Warren Hanson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Midwest Book Award (MIPA) - 2007 Winner - Cover Design-3 + Color category
Midwest Book Award (MIPA) - 2007 Winner - Social Science category
Midwest Book Award (MIPA) - 2007 Nominee - Interior Book Design category
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Studio: Tristan Pub
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 8.74" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 2007
Publisher Tristan Pub
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0931674948 ISBN13 9780931674945
Availability 0 units.
More About Warren Hanson
Warren Hanson is an artist, writer, speaker, and musician. He is the illustrator of Tom Hegg's classic "New York Times" bestseller "A Cup of Christmas Tea", as well as many other books for children. He lives with his wife in Houston, Texas. Visit him at WarrenHanson.com.
Warren Hanson currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota. Warren Hanson was born in 1959.
Reviews - What do customers think about Kiki's Hats?
A PLEASING WORK. I LIKED IT. Apr 19, 2008
I rather liked this one. Now the plot of the story has already been given a pretty good going over here by other reviewers, so I certainly am not going to give a rehash of that. Suffice to say it is a bout an lady who knits hats, gives them away, and makes a lot of people happy.
The illustrations in this work are very well executed. They are quite simple in nature, but well done and quite colorful, something most kids do enjoy. The text is simply and done in a sing-song sort of rhyme that if not read correctly could indeed, as others have pointed out, be a bit annoying to the adult reader. The key word here though is "adult." Hey folks, this is a kids book and is suppose to appeal to children and not necessarily adults. I have "kid tested" this one with quite a few younger students and to be quite frank, they all liked it. I have even had requests for rereads. This is a pretty good endorsement for a book written for the wee ones.
The moral of the story is quite good. Giving and sharing is a good thing and the more you give and share the greater the goodness grows and the more people will become involved. I have noted that some are critical as to some of the situations of giving, i.e. to AIDS patients, to prisoners, to the homeless, et al. They seem to feel this is not appropriate for children. I even saw a couple of comments that felt the author has touched too much on theological subjects (the little lady does good, dies, and goes to heaven because of her good deeds. As to these aspects of the books, that should be left up to the parent or care giver...that is their job. Each kid is different; each has their own learning curve. Personally I think this is a bunch of hand wringing over nothing, but then that is just my opinion.
Overall, recommend this work. It is good, well done and gives a great message. You could do worse.
Warms the heart as well as the head. Mar 25, 2008
"Kiki's Hats" is a beautiful story of how the love of one person can, with the proper guidance, spread until it reaches the whole world. Kiki is a grandmotherly type who knits hats. When some kids each want one of her creations, she insists they take two -- one for themselves and one to give away, on the proviso that they tell her the story of who got the hat. The concept catches on until it has attained global reach.
The story is told in a simple rhyming form most accessible to 4-8 years olds. The illustrations are cheerful and colorful. But it's the people who end up with Kiki's hats who are the most impressive. The recipients are a diverse lot, including persons of all races and genders, the handicapped, even those with AIDS, cancer victims and the homeless. While this might offend very straitlaced readers, I found it uplifting. Having a young child ask what AIDS is, or why the kids have cancer would offer an opportunity to widen the world view (and capacity for compassion) of children at a very early age. Highly recommended.
Uplifting story Mar 20, 2008
I requested this for my 13 year old niece because I believe a good story is for all ages. She really enjoyed it. And so did I. It reminded me of a story I read in high school about a little old lady, and a young man from her village who saved their money all year to bake dozens of fruit cakes - to send to complete strangers. She gave him the grandmother he never had, he gave her reasons to live. A story anyone can see the value in.
The book itself is lively and colorful (which appeals to the gypsy in me!), but also has a serious message beneath the surface. I also disagree with the reviewer who felt the issues touched upon were not for children. They aren't, but this book is intended for those aged 9 to 12. An age where such issues can touch their lives and make an impact. One of my nieces was only this age when my father died of cancer. This age group is ready for moral issues, especially when they come so attractively packaged. And Dr. Seuss was known to splip some food for thought into his lovely rhymes, as well.
The quality of the book itself is very good. I prefer hardcovers myself, and for children. They hold up to re-reading better and give you something to "sink your teeth into." Overall, recommended for those building a library, schools, and individuals looking for a good story.
Delightful books for kids with a great message Mar 20, 2008
This book is wonderfully illustrated, right from the cover with its done in "knitted" letters and the rhyming is done well and very natural. The message as well of a simple gift of giving spreading around the world is one that is delivered well without seeming too overbearing, and I love that the story is based on a real woman that knits hats (although disappointed that the website listed on the jacket didn't give any more information on her). The age range listed for the book though is quite clearly off, it's really a book intended for younger children, although children of any age probably would enjoy a one-time read of it. But younger children are the ones more likely to pull it out again and again. Overall an excellent book and very much recommended.
Entertaining, and a good launching off point for discussions about public service Mar 20, 2008
A year or two ago, I was looking for some children's books to read for a children's co-op I was teaching about public service. And I found there was quite a dearth of books about public service for kids. This book would have been perfect, showing that small, giving acts can have a large impact. And also, the idea that when you yourself are kind and generous, you can inspire others to be kind and generous.
I read the story to my kids, and they enjoyed it very much, but were confused by the ending, where Kiki is sitting on a pile of hats that goes all the way up to heaven. Did she die, they asked? We tried to get information about the real Kiki on the Internet, and couldn't find anything.
The book also mentioned AIDS, which my kids asked about, and I simply told them it was a horrible, often fatal, sickness. This doesn't faze me, but I mention it in case this is a conversation you do not feel is appropriate or that you do not want to have with your kids at this time.
Anyway, the illustrations are bright and cheerful, the rhymes adequate, and the message very important. So I give it 4 stars.