Monday, April 15, 2024
I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

by Mark Warner
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The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as it he begins to lose hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvious question that suddenly sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Rewrite the story in the form of a play script, adding stage directions for the characters.
  • Could you use your play script to make a performance?
  • Rewrite the speech in the story using speech marks and different words for ‘said’.
  • Why does the rabbit give so many answers to the bear’s question about his missing hat?
  • Think of different words to describe how the different animals are feeling at each point in the story.
  • Make a poster to encourage people to look around for Bear’s missing hat.
  • Think of a caption to describe the action that is taking place in each of the illustrations.
  • Write a prequel to the book. Why did Rabbit decide to steal Bear’s hat? Did he intend to steal it, or did he just find it without its owner?
  • Write a sequel to the book. What happens to Bear next?
  • Read the sequel to the book, This Is Not My Hat. Which do you prefer? Why?


  • Use a painting program to design a new hat for Bear / Rabbit.
  • Could you retell the story in the form of an animation? Watch this example:

  • Could you make a trailer for this book. Look at the official trailer as an example:

Design Technology

  • Make puppets for each of the characters and use these to act out the story.
  • Think about how hats are made. What materials are they made from? How are those materials joined? (see Resources below)
  • Look at different types of hats. When and why do people wear different types of hats?
  • Make a model of a hat for a particular purpose (e.g. a safety hat, a party hat).


  • Design a new hat for Bear (see Resources below).
  • Design a new hat for Rabbit so he doesn’t have to steal Bear’s hat.
  • Retell the story in the form of a comic strip using speech / thought bubbles in the correct places.
  • The author uses the colour red when Bear realises that he has seen his hat. What different colours are used to show different emotions?


  • Look at different types of hats that people have worn throughout history.


Hat Photos

Hat Photos

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Keith's Hat Template

Hat Template

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