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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064434478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064434478
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The rolling hills of Tennessee farmland, framed in lovely patchwork quilt patterns, set the stage for Dolly Parton's (of Grand Ol' Opry fame) warm childhood memories. The text comes directly from Parton's autobiographical hit country and western song of the same name. Perhaps the grammar is imperfect, but what C&W song ain't rife with grammatical errors--it's part of the vernacular. The story centers on a poor, but happy and loving, family (yes, they do exist) who find clever ways to deal with their poverty. As winter approaches, Mama sews a coat for her daughter from a box of scraps that someone has given her. Of course her classmates make fun of her for having a coat made of rags. But sticks and stones... "And although we had no money / I was rich as I could be / in my coat of many colors / that Mama made for me." That doesn't mean the child's feelings aren't hurt, or that she didn't feel angry. But the message comes through loud and clear (like Parton's voice): the child's mother has provided her with the strength to deal with other children's jeers, and family love can sometimes be enough to pull a person through. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

The country music legend's first hit song?about a penniless girl whose mother sews her a patchwork coat out of rags?makes an "appetizingly sweet" first picture book, said PW, noting that the "heartfelt verses are imbued with the same genuine, infectiously likable spirit Parton herself projects." All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

It is exactly like the song and the pictures are really cute.
P. Strong
It was one of my favorites as a child and I could not find it in store to buy for the little girl I nanny. i still have my copy from years ago!
Emily
Dolly Parton wrote this wonderful children's book from a wonderful hit song that she had in the 70's.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Renshaw on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
My Mother-in-Law was an avid quilter and collector of children's books that had anything to do with quilting and sewing. When she passed away, I inherited this book. Upon receipt of it, I took one look at it and tossed it aside, believing that... because it was written by Dolly Parton ... it would be overly sentimental, sappy and irrelevant. I just haven't found that big-name celebrities make for great children's book authors.

BUT, I was wrong. Though this book simply follows the lyrics of one of her songs, it is so well spoken in book form ... and is abridged perfectly. The illustrator puts lovely, subtle, yet powerful images to the lyrics as well.

The message is much less didactic than I assumed it to be. And the story basically shows how one little girl felt immense gratitude for what little she had in life (compared to her peers) because what she did have was enough ... and her life was filled with love. This humble little girl receives some teasing for a "coat of many colors" that her Mama made of scrap fabrics ... but the way the girl handles the teasing is wonderful ... because she is secure with who she is and what she has ... thanks to her Mama's teaching.

This is a book that I now share with my 3 year old son. Though we are not "lacking" financially ... I am always making him his clothes & toys, etc. so that he appreciates handiwork and the love that goes into creating things for others. Plastic toys are a dime a dozen ... but a "Coat of many Colors" is a treasure forever. This book is a wonderful way for me to keep exhibiting that idea.

I would say that the target age for this book is 3-7 years old.
Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grover Smith on November 7, 2006
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Beautifull illustrations. Bought for our grandaughter as my lovely wife made her a coat of many colors too. A sweet story with good moral value. Read aloud to your children and your grandchildren.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love this story because it teaches me friendship because it

shows caring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I do *not* like country music, so was surprised to find this book beautifully poignant and touching. Most of the children I know actually have too much stuff --clothes, toys, etc. -- so I think it is important for them to hear and read this story. Children from any background -- affluent or poor -- need to know that it isn't what they own that is important, but how they feel about themselves inside, and how much they are loved. This book shows a family that is strong, loving, and good, despite the hardships of poverty. The illustrations are wonderful and eye-catching for children. I can't say enough good things about this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Killian on April 13, 2007
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I am a huge Dolly Parton fan and I had to buy this book for my little girl. It is a great book for beginning readers and it has a nice message about being different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
In 1969 while sitting on the Porter Wagoner tour bus, Dolly Parton sat down and started humming a song to herself. "Back through the years I go wondrin' once again. Back to the seasons of my youth. I recall a box of rags someone gave us. And how my mama put the rags to use. They were rags of many colors. And every piece was small..." so began the beginning of one of Dolly's most famous songs as well as her personal favorite of all the 3000 she has ever written. That song would solidify Dolly as one of the biggest stars in Nashville and become a huge hit for her upon its release in the autumn of 1971.

In 1994 Dolly decided to release the story of her "Coat of Many Colors" in storybook form so children and adults could enjoy the message that she writes about. The story is about a little girl who has nothing and how her mother wanted her to feel special even though they had no money. However, upon arriving at school the other classmates mocked and poked fun at the coat and the little girl. That true-life incident had a profound effect upon Dolly as she has never forgot the incident, and it was only when she sat down and wrote the song that she realized writing was a very therapeutic way to release one's hurt and anger. The message is clear: it doesn't matter how much or how little money one has: it is one's love for God and love for their family that is truely important.

The "Coat of Many Colors" book is beautifully drawn as well with illustrations by Judith Sutton.

Dolly has written another children's book called "I Am A Rainbow" that was released in 2009 and deals with children's moods. Pick that up too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is truly one of my most treasured books! I use this book with my first grade students each year at Christmas time. It gives the kids a whole new meaning of what the spirit of the holidays is really about. It's not what you get from someone, but how you feel when you have done something special for someone else! We write what we are thankful for instead of letters to Santa. It's a must have to anyone's collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blakeo@Rocketmail.com on April 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dolly Parton has done it again.
With endless talent and creativity
she has written what is sure to be
a classic childrens hit. Coat Of
Many Colors offers parents a
chance to offer their kids morals
and a glimpse into a poor childs
life. Quality reading and quality
time for yourself and children.
Excellent per usual for Dolly
Parton an amazing woman.
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