“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: I Want My Hat Back. Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Candlewick Press. c. 2011, 40pp.
Reading Level: 90L
Synopsis: Bear loses his hat and asks all of the animals he comes across if they have seen his lost hat. He is just about to give up searching for his hat when a deer helps him remember exactly where he left it!
Rationale for Use: This would be a great text to use with earlier readers to introduce the concept of dialogue and to model reading with expression. This text would also be a great text to use when practicing retelling stories using key details.
Common Core Connection: RL 1.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrates understanding of their central message or lesson. RF 1.4b: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive reading