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The Purple Coat (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – September 30, 1992

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Once in a while it's good to try something new, declares this fanciful tale's heroine, as she conspires to break out of a clothing rut. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3 Each fall Gabrielle rides on the train and the subway with her mama to Grampa's tailor shop in New York City to be measured for a new navy blue coat. This year, however, she yearns for something different. Her request for a purple coat, and Grampa's creative solution, provide a delightful story of intergenerational love and understanding. Schwartz' familiar brightly colored illustrations provide warmth and humor as they portray every detail of the text. The story is realistic, the characters believable, and the whole will elicit an affectionate response from children. Susan Scheps, Bertram Woods Branch Library, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (September 30, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689716346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689716348
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first saw this story read on Reading Rainbow when I was a child, and was so intrigued (as much as a child can be intrigued) by it that I had to go to my local library right away to check it out! Even years later, I appreciate the lessons that this book has to offer ... teaching children and their parents that trying something NEW can be rewarding. Going against tradition and discovering new things is an adventure for Gabrielle in this beautifully illustrated tale.
I wouldn't recommend it for children younger than 6 years of age, because of its wordiness. But a young reader with a love for books would eat this right up!
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Gabrielle wants a purple coat this year, although she always gets a blue one. Gabrielle's mom takes her to see her Grampa in the city who is a tailor and who also makes Gabrielle's winter coat every year. While Mom goes shopping, Gabrielle tries to convince her Grampa to make her a purple coat instead. Good illustration and a fun story.
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Purchase this book again, 20 years after my first copy was purchase. It was a gift for a member of my church who had a purple coat. After five years of seeing and sometimes chatting with her, and always thinking that her manner and style made me recall this story I finally decided to surprise her and buy her one. I didn't want to part with our copy...so searched until I found it this on Amazon, as none of our local stores and used book stores had a copy.
....the result.....she loved it, and mentions it frequently.
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