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As the song says, everything old is new again—at least it is to a young girl who revels in collecting and dressing up in hand-me-downs and secondhand finery. She inventively repurposes some garments and muses about the previous lives of others: “I try to imagine / The places they’ve been / And the faces they’ve seen— / And whose clothes they’ll be / When they’ve finished with me.” With a deft rhythm and rhyme, Hoberman’s celebration of clothes well worn (and well loved) feels fresh and timely, despite the text’s original publication in 1976, and it is an apt message for a new generation just learning the three Rs—reduce, reuse, and recycle. Barton’s new mixed-media and pencil illustrations, featuring a soft, faded quality and fabric-like patterns, show scenes of an exuberant red-haired girl, with younger brother in tow, piling on everything from a marching-band jacket to a weathered flannel shirt with equal—and infectious—enthusiasm. A marvelous example of how a little creativity and imagination can elevate everyday economy into something much more fun. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kristen McKulski

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Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2012:
“The imaginative child’s enthusiasm is infectious–kids might well be inspired to ask for secondhand outfits themselves…. The overall effect is a visual celebration of old clothes.”

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  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375869514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375869518
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish this book had been around when my mother was young! She grew up poor and her mother unwittingly taught her to be embarrassed that they could only afford used or donated clothes. However, the child in this book is thrilled to wear old clothes as she imagines what the lives and experiences of were of those wore the clothes before her. This book promotes a love of history as well as an underlying theme of ecology. We loved it!
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A book to encourage your little thrift shopper! This wonderful book begins, "I like old clothes, Hand-me-down clothes, Worn outgrown clothes, Not-my-own clothes." The author, Mary Ann Hoberman, was a former Children's Poet Laureate, and the pleasant rhythm of the words continue throughout the book. The little girl in this book doesn't turn up her nose at used clothing the way some people do. She loves "Clothes with a history, clothes with a mystery, Sweaters and shirts that are brother-and-sistery." She imagines the lives of the kids who wore the clothes before her and whose clothes they'll be when she finishes with them. The pictures by Patrice Barton are lovely and support the text perfectly. Great book!
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"Clothes with a history,
Clothes with a mystery,
Sweaters and shirts
that are brother-and-sistery."

Just the right message, with soft illustrations which--appropriately--incorporate little recycled, collaged bits of fabric textures and patterns, and notions.

Pair this with I Had a Favorite Dress, by Boni Ashburn and Julia Denos.
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This is an excellent book to read when talking about recycling. The little girl in this book has such a positive and fun attitude towards old clothes, you can't help but get excited about going to a thrift shop. She wonders about where they came from, who wore them, and where they might go next. It's an attitude most people would never take towards clothing and it's fun to read.
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I've always loved old clothes, especially when I was little. I loved getting them and I had no idea it wasn't 'cool' until I was in junior high!! I still love thrift shopping, even though I can afford to buy new clothes. I thought it was so neat when I found this book in the library. I checked it out my daughter loves it now too. I buy a lot of her clothing at the thrift store because kids grow so fast, I don't like to buy all new only for her to wear something a couple of times before she's outgrown it. I also have some clothes that were mine as a baby and child which my daughter has worn. So this book was a big hit for us.

The rhyming text and the beautiful illustrations thrilled my daughter and she keeps asking for this book. I'm buying it! I'm so glad I found this book. Hopefully when she's older she won't be self-conscious about her thrift store wardrobe!
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