Elisa Kleven is an American children’s writer and illustrator of 30 books. Her titles have been Booklist editor’s choices, and PBS and Rainbow Book selections.
Elisa has written several children’s books including the Paper Princess series, The Puddle Pail and The Lion and the Little Red Bird. Her first book was Ernst, a story about a creative crocodile named Ernst, whose tendency to wonder “what if” mirrors the author’s own.
In addition to writing her own books, Kleven has also illustrated books by other writers, such as Abuela by Arthur Dorros, De Colores by Jose Luis Orozco, Angels Watching Over Me by Julia Durango, and The Weaver by Thacher Hurd.
High in the mountains of Japan, a snow monkey named Hiro finds a cheerful hat.
“Snow monkeys don’t need hats!” his brother tells him.
But Hiro’s hat does more than keep him warm – it is also a friend.
Only a robin understands. And when Hiro’s hat disappears, she surprises him, in time, with two more hats, each as playful and full of life as his first.
With intricate collage artwork and lyrical prose, Elisa Kleven tells a story as cozy as a warm hat on a cold winter day, and as fresh as spring.