This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

One small fish.  One giant mistake for fishkind!  A little fish has just swiped the small blue hat off the head of a gigantic fish.  He thinks he's safe as he swims off in search of a place to hide and he thinks the big fish was asleep so he has plenty of time to make his getaway.  Wrong on both counts!  Cue the Jaws music.  A wonderful story about stealing, trying to talk yourself into believing it is okay to steal and the consequences of your actions!

Recommended by:  Barb

40 pages 978-0763655990 Ages 4-8

Keywords: Caldecott Medal winner 2013, fish, stealing, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old


This is not my hat. I just stole it from someone. But I’ve got a plan to get away with it. So everything’s going to be ok.

A small fish steals a small hat from a sleeping big fish and believes he will get away with the theft. This is a beautifully illustrated cautionary tale appropriate for all ages.

ISBN: 9780763655990   40 pages. Ages 3 and up.

Recommended by: Alice Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania USA


If you're open to using picture books, Jon Klassen's two most recent titles would work well: consider I WANT MY HAT BACK and / or THIS IS NOT MY HAT . . this year's Caldecott gold medal winner.

When presenting I WANT MY HAT BACK I deliver the two denial passages in a very fast, obviously not-telling-the-truth voice. This refers to the rabbit saying, "I would not steal your hat" and the bear saying, "I would not eat a rabbit." The words contradict the drawings and learners can infer what actually happened. After hearing answers to the question, "What happened to the rabbit?" I choose to say, "You are all correct. Whatever you understand happened, happened." You may wish to be more didactic. The same process could be followed when asking, "What happened to the little fish?" (who stole the hat) in Klassen's 2013 Caldecott Medal winner.

Here are some books for drawing inferences:

There are some great teaching ideas here

Remember to incorporate RtI, and that humor often works with fifth grade. I tell almost every class that this was my grandma's favorite book, or my dad's favorite book to read to me growing up, and now I am going to share it with you! They like that personal feeling that I'm including them in my extended family, I think.

It's always good to have something the students can do together. Draw a story map, make a comic strip, play a short game, and so on.

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