We Found a Hat

Written by Jon Klassen

For ages 5 to 8

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This book is best for:
  • making inferences
  • objective pronouns
  • subjective pronouns


Two turtles find a hat in the desert. They try the hat on, and it looks good on both of them. But there is only one hat, and there are two turtles. There is only one thing to do. They have to leave the hat in the desert and forget they ever found it. But the shifting eyes of one of the turtles tells us it’s not quite that easy…

We Found a Hat conveys a message of friendship through its deceptively simple text and illustrations. The subdued palette draws the viewer’s focus to the eyes and prompts us to infer the characters’ unspoken thoughts. The sentences in this story are short and repetitive, making it perfect for targeting grammatical elements such as pronouns.

For further speech and language targets in We Found a Hat, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Reaction Sequence

Story Plot: Finding Tale

  • animals - reptiles, turtles
  • clothing - hat
  • friendship

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /t/ - two, turtle, hat
  • conjunctions (and, but)
  • copula (are)
  • irregular past tense verbs (found)
  • present progressive tense
  • objective pronouns (me, us)
  • subjective pronouns (I, it, you, we)
  • matching
  • making inferences
  • how (e.g. how does it look on me?)
  • what (e.g. what are you thinking about?)
  • friendship
  • initiating conversation
  • negotiating
  • initiating event
  • problem
  • dialogue
Book Info

Published by Walker Books Ltd in 2016 (ISBN: 9781406347517)

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