When Everybody Wore a Hat

When Everybody Wore a Hat

by William Steig

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Overview

From William Steig:
This is the story of when I was a boy,
almost 100 years go,
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060097004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.

William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Renowned author-illustrator William Steig reminisces about his Bronx childhood in this turn-of-the-century-themed picture book.

Beginning with a photo of young Steig climbing a tree, the author's walk down memory lane includes colorful characters and various scenes from his youth, all accompanied by the author's familiar art style. Vignettes depicting his family, neighborhood folks, and notable events reflect the upbeat times of his childhood -- like getting his first haircut ("I got my first haircut at Ditchick's Barbershop.... I got to listen to all kinds of stories") and Prince, the janitor's dog ("Kids were scared of him") -- while others evoke darker memories, such as his parents' quarrels and news of the bloody war overseas. But the book's true message lies at the end, though, where a simple drawing of an eight-year-old Steig shows him at the beginning of a successful future, alongside a photo of "me today, without a hat."

An interesting look at kids' lives in early-1900s New York City, When Everybody Wore a Hat will resonate with Steig's fans. The author's text reads as if he's bringing up fond memories as they come to mind, while his illustrations portray a youthful playfulness. A pleasant autobiography from a legendary talent. Matt Warner

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When Everybody Wore a Hat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
curiousbutterpants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wiliam Steig's prolific career in children's literature had spanned some 30 years, and fittingly, one of the last books he wrote before he died was "When Everybody Wore a Hat." A wonderful look back at his childhood, Steig nostalgically reminisces about a time "when everybody wore a hat" and firetrucks were pulled by horses, among other things. It's hard enough for me to imagine that it was just one lifetime ago that things were like this ¿ and for kids, I'd imagine, much harder. But Steig's delightful prose really warmly welcomes us to this different time, sharing with us the joys of his childhood. Likewise, I'm glad that we have Steig to be part of our childhoods today.
MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The world of an eight-year old boy in the Bronxin 1916
Anonymous More than 1 year ago