My Grandfather’s Coat

  • My Granfather’s Coat
  • Retold by Jim Aylesworth
  • Illustrated by Barbara McClinktok
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publication year: 2014
  • From the publisher: “A rollicking, rhyming, fun rendition of a favorite folksong about a many-times recycled coat.” From Scholastic. com.
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This book could be used to provide a beautiful story of the immigrant experience, how immigrants naturally had to become frugal. What frugality meant for the immigrant life in terms of how they had to save money to provide for other necessities, such as in the book, the grandfather is providing a life for his child and wife. This book could be incorporated into conversations about immigration, or about what hard-work looks like in diverse families.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – I thought the rhyming, as many reviewers pointed out on my search in the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD), contributed to this being an excellent book to read aloud. Additionally, the watercolor and ink illustrations in muted greens and blues contributed to a sense of safety and peace. For the most part, every other page is divided into three or more smaller illustrations, which helped move the story along without missing the impact. The smaller illustrations contain movement or a cozy family scene, such as the family eating a meal together, a menorah in center, for Hanukah. The opposite page is a bigger illustration with a small bit of text either above the illustration or below or both.

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