by Keiko Kasza
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015
Squirrel buries an acorn and marks its location with this red, derby hat. Of course, the wind blows it up into a tree and a bird decides to use it for a nest, but it wobbles out and lands on the water and is re-purposed as a boat. And so the hat journeys through several owners until it comes full circle and lands where the squirrel left it. When the squirrel gobbles the buried acorn and leaves behind the acorn top, the journey begins again!
A fun read for the young and a great way to show how one item can be many different things to different people. It’s also a great way to discuss recycling and reusing objects.
If you liked stories showing different meanings for the same thing, consider the 1963 classic, Who Took the Farmers Hat?