Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Review of "Coat of Many Colors," by Dolly Parton

 Review of

Coat of Many Colors, by Dolly Parton, ISBN 006023413x

Five out of five stars

Growing up poor, yet rich with love

 This book is about a girl growing up poor, where her family simply could not provide her with new clothes. When she needed a new coat, her mother sewed one together using rags that someone had given them. The stitching was done by hand by the light of a kerosene lantern. She was proud of her new coat, but when she wore it to school, the other children made fun of her.

 Her response was that only you can make yourself poor and that the coat represented a great deal of love that she had received from her family. With head held high and a smile on her face, patches on her pants and holes in her shoes, the girl proudly walked back and forth to school wearing her coat.

 Dolly Parton grew up poor in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and so this book is at least somewhat autobiographical. It is a delightful story of how children can be happy independent of their means.

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