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Charlie Needs a Cloak Paperback – October 25, 1982

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About the Author

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honoree, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona as well as Andy, That’s My Name; Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup; and Charlie Needs a Cloak. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honoree, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona as well as Andy, That’s My Name; Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup; and Charlie Needs a Cloak. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in New London, New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 500 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 25, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671664670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671664671
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Charlie needs a cloak, and this book tells the story, from start to finish, of how he goes about to make one. It takes readers through the year, From spring sheep shearing through sewing by the winter fire, showing Charlie going through each step to create his own cloak from raw materials. The story is fun and educational, while the pictures are delightful telling a hidden story in themselves.
I highly reccomend this book to any family with young kids!
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Though it's rated at the pre-school level, I've found Charlie Needs a Cloak to be useful and entertaining for kids up to third grade. In my work as a museum educator, this delightful tale serves as a valuable intro to the world of pre-industrial textile production, especially in colonial America. The illustrations are humorous, which dePaola is famous for. Charlie needs a new cloak, and he takes the reader through the process of making one, from shearing his whimsical sheep, who help him with his work, to weaving, dyeing, and sewing the new garment. Too bad Charlie doesn't notice, as soon as he puts it on, that his favorite sheep is already chewing on his hem!
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I haven't touched this book for 14 years, but I picked it up today while cleaning house, and decided to read it over. It was hilarious! I read it outloud three times in a row it was so sweet and charming.
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This is such a fascinating book. We go through all of the stages of Charlie getting ready to make a cloak. The special sheep that sticks with him is so cute in its expressions. We love to look at the pictures over and over. Again Tomi dePaola has created a masterpiece for young and old people to enjoy. Charlie teaches us the value of hard work and where it can get you. You learn all of the steps in clipping the sheep, washing the wool, drying the wool, spinning the threads, dyeing the yard, weaving the yarn, cutting and sewing and finally wearing his new cloak while the little sheep already starts chewing on the ends of it. I just love this book.
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Purchased this for our young preschooler to complete a homeschooling Lapbook with. It is a very tender story & will teach your child how the wool gets from the sheep eventually being made into a garment.

Highly recommended.
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I teach children on a farm and this is a wonderful book to read to younger children about the steps it takes to go from shearing the wool to creating a garment from the woven yarn. Loaded with adorable illustrations. The kids love it!
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I enjoy dePaola's books very much, but this one I am extra enthusiastic about. I work in a classroom of 3,4 and 5 year olds, and I am responsible for selecting literature for, and reading to, the younger children in the class. Sometimes when I am reading a dePaola book I have to cut some of the narrative to keep their attention. I don't have to do that at all with this book. This is a book that will keep the 3 year old's attention and still offer something to the older children as well. A lot of the charm of this story is the pictures which feature the action outlined in the text as to what Charlie is doing and also clearly represents the agendas of a spunky sheep and craftly mouse. YOung children love to discover these little "surprises" within the illustrations.
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You may have thought that sheep have no opinions and that they are pushovers, but apparently that is not true. In this book by Tomie dePaola, which was ably described below and which I consequently will not outline again, the sheep are definitely concerned about what is happening to their wool and they are on every page expressing their concerns.

Five Stars. Hilarious and amusing for kids and adults alike. Good Read-aloud. Cute pictures.
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