The Rag Coat Book
The Rag Coat Book
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The Rag Coat

Written and illustrated by Lauren A. Mills

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Publisher's Summary

With paintings that capture all the beauty of Appalachia in authentic detail, this tender story about a resourceful mountain girl's special coat will touchreaders with its affirming message of love and friendship.

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  • Age Range: 6-9
  • Pages: 32
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: September 3, 1991
  • ISBN: 0316574074
  • ISBN 13: 978-0316574075
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English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare

This is a beautiful book. It tells a simple, truthful story hitting on the difficult topics of grief and poverty. The sensitive language and muted illustrations convey respect. I love the natural way this story teaches lessons on love and respect, generosity, community, and kindness.

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Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt

Absolutely heartwarming. A poor little girl isn't able to go to school because her help is needed at home. When she's finally about to go, she can't because she doesn't have a coat. After dealing with her father's death, all the neighborhood women gather together to make her dream coat, just like Joseph's colorful one. It's made of scraps that each tell a story and hold a memory, and when it's finished, she shares how special it is with her friends as they admire their own pieces in the coat.

author & illustrator
Lauren A. Mills

Lauren A. Mills has won acclaim as an author and illustrator. Her awards for childrens’ books include: the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators’ Golden Kite Award for Best Picture book for her story, Fairy Wings, which she co-illustrated with her husband, Dennis Nolan. The Rag Coat, a story both written and illustrated by Mills won New York State’s Charlotte Award for best picture book and Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins won the New England Design Award. Mills’ work has exhibited in galleries and museums across the US including at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where she was the keynote speaker, Lyman Allen Art Museum, Radcliffe College, Barnum Museum, and the Lyme Academy of Fine Art

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