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Stormy's Hat: Just Right for a Railroad Man

by Eric A.  Kimmel
Illustrated by Andrea UíRen

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0374372620

Ages 5-8

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Railroad engineer Stormy Kromer drives the Red Stack line from St. Paul to Chicago. He loves his work, but he doesnít love his hat. In fact, he doesnít love any of them. His derby hat blows off in the wind when the train goes into a tunnel. His cowboy hat gets in the way of reading gauges. The paper pressmanís hat he tries bursts into flame from a rogue cinder. Every night he comes home and complains, and every night his wife, Ida, says, ďI think you should---Ē but before she can finish, Stormy interrupts. ďAw, donít you worry your pretty little head . . . Iíll figure out something.Ē The night Stormy comes home with a pounding headache from the heavy firemanís hat heís borrowed, Ida has had enough. ďMy head isnít little. Itís as big as yours. Either listen to what I have to say, or stop complaining.Ē And what Ida, who turns out to be a seamstress, has to say is that she can make him the perfect hatóshe just needs him to describe what it should look like. Eric A. Kimmelís droll picture book tells the (mostly) true story of how the traditional railroad workersí hat came to be. Andrea Uírenís terrific illustrations perfectly complement the humor while making it clear all along that Ida may be able to give Stormy exactly what heís looking for. (MS) ©2008 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center

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