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The Rag Coat Hardcover – Picture Book, September 3, 1991
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- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 3, 1991)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316574074
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316574075
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD720L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.25 x 10.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #268,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"... Homeschool parents and educators have built entire curriculums around the The Rag Coat. It is a tremendous example of love, giving, resilience, communication and community spirit. It is also beautifully illustrated. The historical fiction tale is set in the early 1900’s. Young Mina and her family live in the Appalachian Mountains, where her passing father was a coal miner and her mother worked to make ends meet by sewing. Her mom is also part of quilting group.
Mina’s father impresses on his young daughter that “People just need people,” a lesson vividly portrayed to Mina when the quilting ladies give unselfishly of their time and their fabrics, to make her a desperately needed coat. Without the coat, Mina would not have been able to brave winter’s cold to go to school. Mina sees the coat as a beautiful loving gift, understands its opportunity and adores the stories behind each scrap. When her classmates tease her about the coat, Mina flees into the woods to escape their cruelty.
While in the woods, Mina remembers her father’s warmth through the coat’s lining. She is then able to return to teach her classmates the coat’s value. She recalls their mothers’ stories about each of the scraps she chose. In this way, the other students feel connected to Mina’s coat and see it as a treasure..."