Minna's Patchwork Coat (Hardcover)

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 For decades, readers have cherished local author-illustrator Mills’s award-winning picture book The Rag Coat so much that they wanted more—finally, Mills has obliged. In the early 1900s, Minna’s impoverished Appalachian family can’t afford a winter coat for her, meaning she can’t go to school and is an outcast among the other children. When, after tragedy, the sewing mothers of the community come together to quilt a coat for her out of scraps from their own children’s favorite old possessions, Minna faces an interesting dilemma. She loves the children from their mothers’ stories, and has trouble reconciling the meanness they display towards her (and the prejudice some display towards her biracial friend) with their secret selves. This nuanced story about bullying has instant-classic appeal stemming from the setting’s rustic charm, the goodness of the characters, Mills’s deft and humorous wordplay, and—of course—the beautiful works of art that accompany the prose. This is the kind of book that’s guaranteed to be treasured. Ages 8-12

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In this charming historical novel, acclaimed artist Lauren A. Mills reimagines her beloved picture book, "The Rag Coat," with fifty delicate pencil illustrations and an expanded story about a resilient little girl, her patchwork coat, and how the two bring a community together.
Minna and her family don't have much in their small Appalachian cabin, but "people only need people," Papa always reminds her. Unable to afford a winter coat to wear to school, she's forced to use an old feed sack to keep her warm. Then Papa's terrible cough from working in the coal mines takes him away forever, and Minna has a hard time believing that anything will be right again...until her neighbors work tirelessly to create a coat for her out of old fabric scraps. Now Minna must show her teasing classmates that her coat is more than just rags--it's a collection of their own cherished memories, each with a story to share.

About the Author

Lauren A. Mills is the award-winning author and illustrator of "The Rag Coat" and "The Goblin Baby" and has retold and illustrated "Thumbelina," "Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins," and "The Book of Little Folk." She is also the co-author of "Fairy Wings," "Fia and the Imp," and "The Dog Prince."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316406215
ISBN-10: 031640621X
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English