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This book is beautiful. However, the hat is knitted with no intention behind it (and even used as a foot warmer by the first owner). Then, it goes from owner to owner due to a series of mishaps, with most people just finding it and thinking it looks like a fun toy. Then, the girl at the end saves it from a dog, cleans it, and puts it on just to look cute—and just HAPPENS to run into the women’s march.
For me, I want my child to read stories about strong women standing up for what they believe in, not kids who find hats and wander into a movement with no agency or intentionality at all. It’s a disgrace to the women’s march, which was not an accidental convergence of strangers who just wandered there but a well-organized movement full of people uniting to advocate for change.
The Pink Hat is a warm & joyful look at the Woman’s March through the lens of a pink hat knitted by a grandmotherly woman. The happy & active young heroine, charmingly depicted in black & white, pursues the bright pink hat after it’s been taken by a mischievous cat. At the book’s end, the little girl joins a Women's Rights March. Marchers include a variety of people wearing a variety of pink head gear, all united in an exuberant celebration of the “Girl Power” proclaimed by the sign held aloft by the little girl. When I initially heard about this book, designed to explain the significance of the pink hats to young children, I worried about the violent genesis of a symbol that has arisen to counter male aggression. I need not have worried. The Pink Hat is a positive & happy look at this movement whose worldwide marches have been characterized by warmth, inclusiveness, & ebullient sisterhood and humanhood. It is especially appropriate that this lovely children’s book was written & illustrated by a talented man who has embraced the message of the movement.