When my grandfather came to America
he made himself a handsome coat!
Then he wore it and he wore it and he wore it–
until it was all worn out!
So what did he do?
He snipped and he clipped–
and he stitched
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My Grandfather’s Coat is a beautiful story based on the Yiddish folksong,”I Had a Little Overcoat.”
The story starts with a Grandfather coming to America and getting his start. He then makes himself a coat. “How many wonderful things can Grandfather make out of that old coat?” Read along in the story to find out!
It’s such a heartwarming story with beautiful illustrations. Children will love it.
I especially loved the author’s and artist’s note in the back which tells their own stories.
Based on a Yiddish folksong, this picture book celebrates the thrift, hard work and skills of immigrants to the United States. Told in the first person by the grandchild, this book looks at one man who came to the US and worked hard as a tailor. He met a woman and they got married and he made his own coat for the wedding. He wore it everywhere until finally, it was worn it. So then what did he do? He made it into a jacket. He wore that everywhere and eventually wore it out too. So then he made i
Aylesworth uses a repeating structure throughout this book, first introducing his character of the grandfather and then having him make a garment, wear it out, make another, and start the cycle again. He uses just the right amount of rhythm and rhyme to hold the story together, making the repetition clear and rollicking. It reads like a folk tale, filled with a celebration of one man and his skills at reusing things.
McClintock’s illustrations suit this subject matter perfectly. Her artwork’s vintage feel is right at home here, creating repeating tableaus on the page that reflect the changing time as children grow up and also the process and time of recreating garments from the scraps. Her art shows the loving family, the shrinking deep blue fabric, and the passage of time.
This story of reuse and recycling takes that modern movement and translates it directly into the frugality of our American ancestors. Cleverly written, striking illustrated and a great read aloud, this book is appropriate for ages 4-6.
really liked it
This is a sweet folktale about a man who comes to America and makes himself a coat. It’s a story that has teaching moments for so many topics.
Lessons on immigrants coming to America and making a good, solid life for themselves.
Lessons on repurposing and upcycling.
Lessons on not hoarding things but, instead, using them with love…essentially loving them to death.
Lessons on how not to be sad when material possessions are gone.
Lessons on family and storytelling and chain of events.