Different Like Coco

Different Like Coco

by Elizabeth Matthews


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The rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel plays out in a wonderful picture-book biography as full of style and spirit as its heroine.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was always different. And she vowed to prove that being different was an advantage! Poor, skinny, and orphaned, Coco stubbornly believed that she was as good as the wealthier girls of Paris. Tapping into her creativity and her sewing skills, she began making clothes that suited her (and her pocketbook) — and soon a new generation of independent working women craved her sleek, comfortable, and practical designs. Now an icon of fashion and culture, Coco Chanel continues to inspire young readers, showing just how far a person can come with spunk, determination, and flair.
Back matter includes a fashion time line and a bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763625481
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/13/2007
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 405,844
Product dimensions: 9.38(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD990L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Matthews makes her chic picture-book debut with this lively look at a legendary woman. Says the author-illustrator, "When I look in my closet, it’s easy to appreciate what Coco Chanel accomplished for herself, for women, for fashion, and, of course, for little black dresses everywhere." A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Elizabeth Matthews lives in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

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Different Like Coco 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
First time children's book author/illustrator Elizabeth Matthews could haven't chosen a better subject than Coco Chanel. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design Matthews obviously has an appreciation of Chanel's numerous contributions and reflects that feeling in this charmingly illustrated story of the famed courtier's life. Orphaned at the age of 12, Chanel and her two sisters were relegated to an orphanage. It was a mixed blessing because it was there that Chanel learned to sew. She had a lively imagination and often dreamed of being with a family again and being accepted by a society that now ignored her because she had no position, no funds. Later, at the age of 18 she was dispatched as a charity case to Notre Dame, a finishing school. There the difference between rich and poor was more marked than ever so Chanel learned how to emulate the wealthy - she studied their manners, and the way they walked. Upon leaving Notre Dame Chanel found work at a tailoring shop. Even then she was determined to better herself. Obviously, she couldn't afford to dress the way the rich women did, the ones she wanted to accept her. So, she made a life altering decision - she would deliberately be different. She made her own dresses, very unlike the corseted gowns the wealthy ladies wore. She carried this off with style and a touch of arrogance. When a wealthy young man fell in love with her he bought her a small shop in Paris - the rest is fashion history. 'Different Like Coco' is not only an entertaining story for young readers but is also an example of how someone can 'embrace their uniqueness and dream big.' - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be fascinating. I am giving it to my daughter as she graduates middle school. All her life she has been teased for being skinny and lanky. In the past two years she has grown into such an amazing,beautiful and talented young lady. She is an aspiring model. A couple months ago she was scouted and invited to be seen by Elite and Ford Modeling Agencies. I trust this book will resonate the confidence she now feels and wears on a daily basis eventhough she is different to those around her as she evolves. Go..like CoCo...Strive to be different.... -S
007woman More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 13-yr.-old daughter--but "previewed" before I passed it to her. I'm a fan of Coco Chanel, and my daughter is by default. So this was a perfect "quick read" with excellent "pencil" sketches. The story seems to follow her life quite clearly...a definite "own" for a Coco Chanel fan of any age (8-88)!
ydraughon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In picture book style, Elizabeth Matthews tells the true story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Born to a lower class family, Coco grew up watching ladies of society when her father, a merchant, brought her to market. When her mother died she was sent to a convent where she learned to sew. At a time when France was thriving with fashion, Coco's creativity and innovative clothes became popular by independent working women. Grades 2 - 5.
rosesaurora on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Different Like Coco celebrates the strange life of Gabrielle Chanel who was born into poverty and became a world renowned fashion designer. It is filled with adorable illustrated interpretations of her life that accompany the text. Every now and then some dialogue or a quote is thrown in (one from Pablo Picasso). The story follows Coco from her birth, throughout her trying childhood, and through World War I. After World War I the focus changes from what she was doing to how her fashion impacted society and social status.At the very end is a timeline of her life that continues ten years past her death--and a bibliography of other books about Coco.Although it is a very interesting book that grabs the reader's attention, I wonder about some of the statements the author makes about how Coco felt and the specifics of her life. The author biography doesn't mention any extensive personal knowledge of Chanel other than that the author went to design school. I think its great for kids who may need a reminder that no matter where you come from, hard work and creativity can get you where you want to go.
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