A Flower Pot Is Not A Hat
Martha Moffett ~ illustrations, Susan Perl
E.P. Dutton, 1972
I've written about Susan Perl before and how if you were a child in the 70s, her doll-faced children permeated the book world. Their happy eyes and Vienna sausage fingers still tickle me, and since their landscape is riddled with animals, the boy has more than obliged my sweet spot for them. I found this a while back in a stack of paperbacks at a used book shop and I scooped it up for $1, not realising it is one of her more collectible titles. I never saw it as a child, but the story and concept are so delightful, I'm glad our paths crossed before my son got too much older. And so...
A flower pot is not a hat.
A lamp shape is not a hat.
A frying pan is not a hat.
If I put it on my head it is.
Yes, a typewriter is not a chair and a coffee pot is not a drum, but with a little imagination, anything is possible.
The use of typeface in the pictures really brings each page to life, and Perl's drawings are as darling as ever. Here, children try everything while curious, cute animals look on with inquisitive expressions. Reminding us all that childhood is about trying things out and experimenting because...
If I can sit on it, pound it, ride on it, sleep in it, play with it, and put it on my head, then I can find out what it is by myself.
Not enough of us take this notion into adulthood, but I'm personally making it my mantra. I am three years from forty and you only have one life, right?
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