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The Hat
by Jan Brett

Adapted by Gail Madara, Gm1114@aol.com

Characters:
Narrator
Lisa
Hedgie
Mother Hen
Gander
Barn Cat
Farm Dog
Mama Pig
Piglets
Pony

Setting:
A Farm

Narrator:
Winter is arriving and Lisa is getting her woolen clothes out of storage. She hangs the clothing outside on the line to air but a strong wind blows one of her stockings off the line. Hedgie finds it, pokes his nose in it, and gets stuck.

Hedgie: How embarrassing!

Narrator: Mother Hen comes by with her baby chicks.

Mother Hen: Cackle, cackle. Whatís that on your head, Hedgie?

Hedgie: Why, itís my new hat. Isnít it beautiful?

Narrator: Mother Hen runs off. Gander comes by.

Gander: Honk, honk! Ho, ho, ho! Look at that! The hedgehog has flipped his gizzard.

Hedgie: Laugh today, Gander. But tomorrow when it rains, my hat will keep me dry.

Narrator: Gander runs off and Barn Cat comes along just as Hedgie is tugging at the stocking.

Barn Cat: Meow. What a silly looking hedgehog you are, with that thing on your head.

Hedgie: But my ears will be warm in a snowstorm.

Barn Cat: Hmmmmmmm.

Narrator: Barn Cat runs along and Farm Dog and her puppies find Hedgie in a patch of brambles.

Farm Dog: Hedgie, is that a hat youíre wearing? How funny you look.

Hedgie: But Iíll be cozy and dry when it snows.

Narrator: Farm Dog runs off and Mama Pig and her piglets come along.

Mama Pig: Oink, oink! What are your up to, Hedgie?

Hedgie: Making sure my hat doesnít fall off if an icy wind blows up.

Mama Pig: I see.

Narrator: Mama Pig runs off and Pony comes by.

Pony: Hedgie, what is that ridiculous thing on your head?

Hedgie: Itís my hat, of course. Donít you know that everyone should wear a hat in winter when itís cold and snowy!

Narrator: Pony is startled by Hedgie and runs off. Hedgie is very sad and just wants to be alone. He didnít like everyone laughing at him with this thing on his head. He couldnít even fit into his den. Lisa comes running after Hedgie with the other stocking in her hand.

Lisa: Come back, you silly hedgehog.

Hedgie: Oh, no. Even the girl is laughing at me!

Narrator: Lisa catches Hedgie and pulls the stocking off his head.

Lisa: You ridiculous little hedgehog. Donít you know that animals donít wear clothes!

Narrator: Hedgie heads for his den and Lisa starts back to the clothesline where she sees all of her woolens are missing.

All the Animals: Now I am wearing a magnificent hat!

Narrator: Lisa is chasing all the animals and Hedgie is at his den.

Hedgie: How ridiculous they look! Donít they know that animals should never wear clothes!
 

 

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