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Ruthie's Big Old Coat

Ruthie's Big Old Coat

by Julie Lacome

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Little rabbit Ruthie gets a hand-me-down coat that is too big--in fact it is so big that both she and her friend Fiona can fit inside. They zip it up and dance, play monster and big red air balloon, then zoom on a skateboard until they crash into a tree and get the giggles. Inevitably, Ruthie has to go to the bathroom and the zipper is stuck. Locked together in the coat, the two race to Ruthie's house, Ruthie shouting, "I won't make it" and Fiona responding, "Yes, you will." "Fiona said she wouldn't look and Ruthie scrunched her pants down and...Ahh!" Lacome's bunnies bear some resemblance to Rosemary Wells's Max and Ruby, the acrylic and gouache illustrations are light and bright, and some of the dialog is told in speech balloons. It is hard to know how readers will respond to this book, which is refreshing in its portrayal of the joys of childhood play, and by American standards is daring in its depiction of a common childhood predicament that has been almost entirely ignored in literature. 2000, Candlewick, Ages 4 to 6, $13.99. Reviewer: Linnea Hendrickson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Ruthie has a coat-a big, red, hand-me-down from her cousin Frances. Although her mother assures her that she'll grow into it, the little bunny is not so certain. Luckily, her friend Fiona notices that it's big enough for two. So, they dance and play and pretend until they get the giggles, and then-Ruthie has to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately, the zipper sticks, so the race to the toilet is on. This story is based on a real incident in Lacome's childhood. The charming acrylic-and-gouache illustrations are colorful and quirky, but the plot is linear and weak. At the beginning, the book seems to hold great promise, but sadly, it ends up being just another potty joke.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
When Ruthie's cousin bestows upon her an old red coat she is dismayed to find that, in addition to being old, it is way too big! Off she goes to commiserate with her neighbor and friend, Fiona. Lacome's (The Shape of Things, not reviewed) little rabbits are swept up by their imagination as they zip themselves together in the capacious red coat. They have a ball pretending to be a big red air balloon and thoroughly enjoy tottering through the four-legged turkey trot. They laugh and play with abandon until Ruthie quite suddenly finds she has to go to the bathroom. The zipper (Uh oh!) is jammed! So the two girls must hobble to the bathroom together. Some readers may be somewhat surprised when Ruthie and Fiona remain joined in the coat while Ruthie remedies her problem by sitting on the toilet while Fiona looks away giggling, but they'll find themselves chuckling along with them. The author illustrates that, with just a little originality and fancy, one can turn something shunned into a treasure and have a good time doing it. Her artwork, buoyant with spring color, is a nice compliment to the text and captures the closeness of childhood best friends. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Candlewick Press
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Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Product dimensions:
10.37(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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