Coat of Many Colors

Coat of Many Colors


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Dolly Parton lends the lyrics of her classic song "Coat of Many Colors" to this heartfelt picture book for young readers.

Country music legend Dolly Parton's rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book. Using lyrics from her classic song "Coat of Many Colors," the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton's trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love "in every stitch." Beautiful illustrations pair with Parton's poetic lyrics in this heartfelt picture book sure to speak to all young readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451532374
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 58,691
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Dolly Parton is an internationally renowned superstar who has contributed timeless classics to the world of music entertainment, including “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and the mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.” She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. She has written over 3,000 songs and authored 4 books, including the inspirational Dream More (Putnam) and the children’s book, I Am A Rainbow (Penguin).
Ms. Parton’s Dollywood Company provides family entertainment and hospitality to 5 million guests per year at Dollywood, Splash Country, Dixie Stampede, Pirate’s Voyage, Lumberjack Adventure, and the Dream More Resort.     
In 1988, she began the Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, do more, and care more. Currently the foundation offers the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to communities across America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Belize. The program works with local partners to give every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. Currently over 90 million books have been gifted to preschool children.

Brooke Boynton-Hughes grew up in Colorado, where she spent her time drawing and hiking with her family. She has a BFA in printmaking from Colorado State University and an MFA in figurative art from the New York Academy of Art.  To see more of Brooke’s work, please visit

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Coat of Many Colors 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KaydeeParrish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: In this book, the little girl doesn't have a coat. Her mom makes her a coat with a box of rags. The little girl loved her coat because her mom made it with love. When she went to school,all of the students made fun of her for her coat but she just smiled. Her family couldn't afford anything more but what made her happy is that her mom made her a one of a kind coat just for her.Personal Reaction: This book is a great book. It shows children that even though they don't have a lot, they have more than others who don't have anything at all. Classroom Extension:1. I would have students make their own coat.2. It's a great book to teach students that they don't have to be rich and how other people in the world don't have anything. It's a great discussion for how we can help others instead of bullying them.
AlyssaSadler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is a song written by Dolly Parton and is about a coat her mother made her when she was young. The coat was made from scraps of different materials because they were poor. However, Dolly loved her coat because her mother made it from love.I love this book because it shows that there is nothing wrong with being poor or having hand me downs.I will pull this book out in the classroom when students are making fun of each others clothes or uncomfortable with their own clothes. I will also use this book when doing a section over recycling. It should show the students to make something out of something that might of thrown away before.
arnett4388 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a song that was written by Dolly. It is a true story from her childhood, and is her favorite song that she has ever written. This book is excellent for talking to kids about poverty and materialism. It can also open conversations about needs vs. wants. It even make a bible reference to Joseph and his coat of many colors.
ggenao on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
rhyming, objective in life, heroes, personal feelings and growth, spiritual journey, my world and others. friends and family, contemporary realistic. All ages, clothing and gress, poor
Guest More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt story told in a captivating way. A must have for all kids! A great lesson to be learned in a world filled with hatred and greed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dolly Parton did a greatjob with this book. It is simply written and beautifully illustrated. The words of her popular song 'Coat of many colors' come to life in pictures. This book is appealing because it teaches two valuable lessons while it entertains. The lessons: 1. Wealth comes from love not material riches 2.Children who feel loved can more easily overcome the taunts and teasing of less fortunate children. My grandaughter loved this book!
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JSpencer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about a young girl whose family was poor. Her mother decided to make her a coat out of some old rags they had. While she sewed the coat she told the little girl the story from the Bible about Joseph and his coat. She went to school and wore her coat proudly. Even when the other kids made fun of her she didn¿t care. She said ¿one is only poor if they choose to be¿ and she wore her coat all the time because she loved it.This was a good book because it showed kids that whether you are poor or not, it doesn¿t change who you are. You can be happy with money and without it. I liked the quote about only being poor if you choose to be. That¿s a good way to look at it. In the classroom, I would have an outline of a coat drawn on a piece of paper and I would give the kids square pieces of construction paper in different colors and let them make their own coat of many colors. Also, I would have the children bring in something that is handmade by someone in their family (or themselves) that is special to them and talk about why they love it. That would be a good way to show the kids that not everything worthy is bought in a store.