The Rag Coat

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

"Minna, a young Appalachian girl, wants very badly to attend school, but she doesn't have a coat. Her father has just died and her family cannot afford one. When a group of mothers who gather at her house regularly to make quilts hear of her predicament, they decide to help her. Minna is thrilled, but when the new coat is finished and she wears it to the one-room schoolhouse, she is teased by her classmates for wearing rags. Minna is hurt, but she eventually gains their interest when she explains that her coat is full of stories--their stories--for each scrap has come from one of their homes. The children are enthralled and sorry for their taunts." -- School Library Journal

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"The writing is lyrical; its heartwarming message emphasizes the value of a community and sharing." -- School Library Journal


Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Lauren Mills
ISBN 0316574074
Publication Date Sep 3, 1991
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language English