Taking a break from knitting on my son’s Christmas present to write about this sweet Christmas picture book featuring knitting!
Shall I Knit You a Hat? by Kate Klise. Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise.
When Mother Rabbit hears that a giant blizzard is expected for Christmas Eve, she knits Little Rabbit a hat to keep his long ears warm. He loves it so much that he asks if they can make hats for all their friends. They go out to the Market together, where all their friends are, and find sneaky ways to measure them all – the horse, the dog, the goose, the cat, the squirrel and the deer. Then they go home, where Little Rabbit takes the lead in designing the hats. He puts great effort into making hats just right for each friend, but of course, as Christmas is only a few days away, they can’t be all knit, and incorporate some household objects along with the knitting. Oh, the looks on the poor animals’ faces when they first see themselves in the mirror that Little Rabbit brings along with the gifts. Soon, however, it starts to snow, and all the animals realize how warm they are despite it and how perfectly suited the hats are to them. The bright acrylic illustrations make the story even cozier. This is a wonderful story of friendship and generosity, yarn and carrot cake for Christmas. It’s a little wordy for toddlers, but perfect for preschoolers through early elementary – both of my children are loving it this season.
Disclaimer: this book is one of the many books that my children were given when my daughter was in the hospital with her liver transplant two years ago. A hospital perk, as Hazel of The Fault in Our Stars would say. We were given autographed hardcovers of several picture books that the Klise sisters left for the hospital to give away to sick kids and their siblings after their visit.
There are several more books about Little Rabbit, including
Why Do You Cry?
Little Rabbit and the Night Mare
Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth
And newly published this year in a similar vein, Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake.