When Everybody Wore a Hat

When Everybody Wore a Hat This is the story of when I was a boy almost years ago when fire engines were pulled by horses boys did not play with girls kids went to libraries for books there was no TV you could see a m

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  • Title: When Everybody Wore a Hat
  • Author: William Steig
  • ISBN: 9780060097004
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the story of when I was a boy, almost 100 years ago, when fire engines were pulled by horses, boys did not play with girls, kids went to libraries for books, there was no TV, you could see a movie for a nickel, and everybody wore a hat.

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    1. Wiilliam Steig was eight years old in 1916. A war raged in Europe. A nickel was a lot of money back then. The doctor made house calls. And, indeed, EVERYBODY wore a hat . . . even monkeys.This is just a cute little selection of reminiscences, accompanied by Steig's drawings. You know, Steig was kind of hot in his younger days.

    2. This had more of the makings of a random memoir of a man's life at the turn of the 19th century than it did a story to interest children. It felt scattered and didn't have much to do with wearing hats (and I thought it ironic that many of the people in the illustrations weren't actually wearing a hat). Ages: 5 - 9Cleanliness: Parents argue. Mentions women wore corsets during this time and the illustration of this is a little odd - definitely pronouncing her chest area.**Like my reviews? I also h [...]

    3. I didn't realize at first that this was actually the author describing his boyhood. As someone obsessed with the historical (especially turn-of-the-century immigrant experiences), I fell in love with the book. I think it's a great way to show kids how things were done in the past. As for the reviews who describe it as "disjointed," well, not every book has a beginning-middle-end. This was more like one-page vignettes. Think of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Irish-immigrant story for mu [...]

    4. "When Everybody Wore a Hat" is a biography for children 4-8 years old, it won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award and the Parents Choice Silver Honor award. William Steig tells his story of his personal experiences and what life was like in 1916, when he was eight years old. This is a fun and detailed book of Steig's childhood memories that was written almost 100 years after the book too place. I liked that Steig wrote and illustrated the book. I think the book is more effective and i [...]

    5. Lovely memoir about life in America in early 1900s by a boy who wanted to grow up to be an artist and did! Expressive pictures.

    6. Personal Reaction:This book initially interested me because the man who wrote the book, William Steig also illustrated the book. I thought this was neat, because you really do not often meet someone who has a talent in both areas. Although writing is a work of art itself, so is illustrating and I cannot even imagine doing them both for one book.Purpose:This book would be good for second and third graders. It would be good to introduce in a history lesson since the book is retold from a man who w [...]

    7. Rather than presented as a straightforward story, this book—a collection of William Steig's childhood memories that was first published when he was nearly one hundred years old—allows the impressions of the author's youth to come as sort of a kaleidoscope of remembrances; the other kids around him, his family and their idiosyncrasies, and the places near where he grew up that made a lasting impact on him. The book is much more visceral than direct, allowing the stream of thoughts and memorie [...]

    8. This story was fun to read and I really like the illustrations. The story is about the author's childhood in New York. He begins the story by saying "This is the story of when I was a boy, almost 100 years ago, when fire engines were pulled by horses, boys did not play with girls, kids went to libraries for books, there was no TV, you could see a movie for a nickel, and everybody wore a hat." Throughout the story we learn how the world once was. I could use this book to to teach what life was ba [...]

    9. An autobiography of William Steig growing up in a world where everybody wore a hat (even the monkeys) and where you had to stand very still to have your picture taken on a wooden horse (which was very hard for the horse. It's a fascinating remembrance of growing up at a different time--parents quarreling in multiple languages, listening to records on a wind up phonograph, spending a nickel going to the movies, being afraid of the janitor's dog, marveling at the number of cats a neighbor had, and [...]

    10. This was a fun book. It was biographical in a very early elementary fashion. This reminded me of the journal entries that I used to read from second graders when I student-taught. I see this as a highly useable mentor text for that age range. Steig offers a very light easily-followed example of elaboration and writes in a very personal manner that children could easily build their own writing from.

    11. I have been teaching a unit in readers' workshop on biography. I was pretty pleased to find this one since autobiographies are tough to find for children. I thought my kids would be thrilled to read an autobiography from the author of Shrek. As always, I read it first to be sure it was appropriate. Bummer! This book is disjointed, confusing, and completely lacking in a narrative thread. Yeesh!

    12. The fond, accessible remembrances of a very grown-up writer. Witty and wistful and wise, this reads like a key to this great artist's career. Steig has always had feet planted in two worlds: amazingly still young enough to remember the wonder and blessed gullibility of growing up, yet all the while equipped with the perspective of the most experienced journalist to be able to pick out the good parts.

    13. This book is a cute and simple autobiography by William Steig. This book talks about how people used to look to himi.e(everyone wearing a hat). He talks about living in America and what he saw in WWI. This would be a good book to use to discuss how to write an autobiography and also a good book to use for a history lesson. Autobiography.

    14. I think this is such a good idea. William Steig wrote down and illustrated many details of what life was like when he was a boy. Since he was born in 1908, there were many differences. Writing down memories and illustrating them the best you can, might be a good thing for any grandparent to do for their children and grandchildren.

    15. Bleh. I prefer William Steig's earlier illustrations. I'm actually using this book to show how personal narratives often work best when they focus on just one topic -- Steig jumps around from story to story with (what I think is intended to be) comic effect.

    16. I enjoy Steig's stories and art. Very near the end of his life he created this musing about the very first part of his life. His illustrations have never seemed more fitting. He chose to share the simple and basic things of childhood.

    17. This was about the author moving to America during WWI. It talks about the different things that were expected of people during that time, and the different things that people wore. I might use this when having students write narratives.

    18. Funny entertaining biography. Not necessarily of a historical figure but could be used to teach of World War 1 times and what life was like back then! Funny illustrations :)

    19. I'm not sure who the audience for this might be. I enjoyed the history lesson, but I did not like the bloody war drawings.

    20. This book is honest and adorable. It is written in the voice of a small child, so it sounds a little disjointed but that's pretty much how kids talk. And the illustrations are amazing!

    21. Auto-Biography. Great book about the "olden days" by a man that actually lived it and wrote this when he was almost 100.

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