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Hattie & Hudson — 19 Comments

  1. Maybe I am too uptight, but I find it a little awkward that a girl that young goes out canoeing in a lake alone at night to meet a special friend. I just wouldn’t want students or kids I know to read that and think that it is normal. I love the illustrations and the facial expressions of Hudson. I wouldn’t read this one aloud for reasons listed above but it is also pretty wordy for a group of kids to sit through. Other than that, it is a good story that shows a young girl fighting for her friend and standing up to adults when they are wrong.

  2. Nice sized book/illustrations/pages. Text/Font was an easy read and can be for all ages and abilities. Enjoyed the connections that students may make in relation to the ‘visuals’ that could be in MINNESOTA. Great kick-off story for mini-lessons during writing time-sparks ideas for personal narratives, fiction, etc… 5 Stars.

  3. I enjoyed this story, goes to show that you need to get to know someone before making a judgement call. There was contrast between the sunny happy world above the water vs the dark sad one below the water where Hudson had his lair (love that word). They were both curious and accepting of each other and went on to prove that different is not bad. I’d use this as a read aloud when talking about how we are all different. I liked the use of vocabulary-lair, peril, frolicked, good word discussion. Made me think of Dinosaur Bob and the Family Lazardo.
    *****

  4. Such a cute story about friendship! The bright, colorful illustrations were a highlight as was the themes of friendship and acceptance – looking beyond the outer “monster” to find a kind soul. I really liked this one – and felt it would keep kids’ attention if read aloud. The illustrations have a lot of “side action,” which would be fun to point out as well. Love that the young girl gets to be a hero as well.

  5. I think this may be one of my favorite stories so far! While it was written based off of the author’s experiences on a lake in Maine, it could just have easily have been set in northern MN! It reminded me of many of the northern MN cabin communities we have visited growing up.

    The illustrations were beautiful. The story of friendship and acceptance is touching. I also loved the realism that the adults wouldn’t initially listen to a child’s idea and how sad she felt initially. Because I have so many students who are ESL students coming from different countries, they do not have the affectionate memories of being at the cabin and going canoeing or boating during the summers, so a focus on friendship would be the best way to incorporate this book into my classroom.

  6. I liked the book. I enjoyed the story line about friendship. . The beautiful illustrations along with the storyline would keep my students’ interest. They’d especially love Hudson being a friendly sea creature. I rate it 5 stars.

  7. It’s fun to think about one’s very own personal (friendly) monster. What IF your whole neighborhood could share in the fun?!! This book could be a writing prompt. Perhaps I would focus on the idea trait from Culham’s Traits. Chris Van Dusen’s illustrations are my favorite feature. 4 stars

  8. This is an adorable book, that children will love! The colorful illustrations are perfect and detailed. The story was excellent and creative! I’d read this to any child! 5 stars

  9. I really liked this book, it was a part of history (putting up walls around statues) that I was unaware of. I am now curious to learn more about it. I would read this aloud to my students and use to to tell them more about the history behind the story. I think it would be good for curriculum use and has a broad rage of ages that it would appeal to. I would liked to read this book with children because there are no many lessons to talk about with it that could be lost during independent reading.
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  10. I was really hoping to enjoy this book, but I didn’t much. I probably would use it at school, but wouldn’t be opposed to having it in my classroom for kiddos to read.
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  11. Oh I adored this book! The illustrations are bright and beautiful and the story is so charming. It brought up fond memories of growing up hearing about the “Lake Mazaska monster” here in Faribault. It also reminded me of Pete’s Dragon and My Dinosaur. It may be a bit long for a storytime but I’d love to read this one because I like when stories have a song and just making up my own tune to sing it with. It would make an excellent classroom read aloud or a read aloud for a visit with an elementary class. 5/5 stars

  12. Ah, wouldn’t we all love to have a magical creature as a friend?! This story ties nicely into lessons on acceptance and friendliness. It also shows a gentle version of people (the grownups) being afraid of something they don’t understand, and how a child can use their innate propensity for acceptance/ability to see the good in something to show the grownups how they should behave. In contrast to the fun of the other illustrations, the illustrations on the town hall spread were so compelling and raw. I think the whimsical illustrations helped me suspend my disbelief about Hudson. As a parent, I was glad to see Hattie was always wearing her PFD to keep her safe on the water.
    4 stars

  13. This is a very cute story and perfect for kindergarten through 3rd grade. The theme in the book is that children have more of an acceptance of things that are different. Children can definitely teach adults this lesson as Hattie did. The illustrations are bright and colorful and show how little Hattie is compared to Hudson. This is a great read aloud!

  14. A cute story with fun illustrations. I felt the book was a bit predictable, yet enjoyable. I think my granddaughter Hattie would love it! An easy book to read. A reminder that appearances can be misleading. Hudson really wasn’t dangerous even though he was huge! ****

  15. I love Chris Van Dusen’s illustrations! “Hattie & Hudson” is another example of how much fun he has with his illustrations. The first page of Hattie canoeing is just beautiful, which the eagles flying overhead, the turtles sunning themselves in the foreground, and the beaver swimming through. He uses a green wash to show Hudson’s home, which makes a perfect underwater effect. The little details he shows, the woman fainting, the man losing his hat, give the illustrations that touch of Van Dusen whimsy. The way he switched perspectives when Hudson rescued Hattie is another great effect. Van Dusen has obviously spent many days on a lake to get all these details perfect. Hattie & Hudson is a delightful book. It could be used in several ways, but perhaps best of all is to just enjoy the story.

  16. Very cute story with awesome illustrations. This would be a good book to use when teaching setting. I don’t think I would have my students read it independently, but it would be good to read as a class or with partners. I rate this book 7 stars.

  17. I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were amazing! The storyline was unique. I would use this in curriculum as a read a loud to the class. I would discuss how we can’t just judge others by just their appearance. It always important be friendly and get to know others. I would then have students brainstorm how they could help new students feel welcome and how to get to know them.
    I rate this 4 stars.

  18. Super cute story! I love the illustrations and the story line. This would be a great book to use for teaching beginning, middle, end or problem/solution.

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