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The Rag Coat

Written & illustrated by Lauren A. Mills
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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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Quotes from The Rag Coat

  • “They all wore black, black like the coal mines that killed my papa. He didn’t even like black. He liked all the bright colors of the day. So why were they wearing black, I wondered.”
  • “The mothers worked as quickly as they could, but the cold weather was quicker. At recess Souci asked me why I didn’t wear a coat. I told her I couldn’t jump rope as well with one on. Jumping a lot kept me warm. I was fast becoming the best rope-jumper at school.”
  • “I walked to school looking down at all the different colored pieces of cloth in my coat. All the stories the Quilting Mothers had told me about the rags and who they belonged to, I knew by heart. I had ended up choosing the most worn pieces for my coat because the best stories went with them.”

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English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
6.0 / 7.0

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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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
6.25 / 7.0

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.

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Who Wrote The Rag Coat

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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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Publication Date:
September 3, 1991
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Text is set in Americana.
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Paintings done in watercolor and graphite on T. H. Saunders paper at the same size as the printed piece.
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