A story about sewing, economizing, recycling, and sharing, this book follows a special party dress that a grandmother makes for her granddaughter, who narrates the story. Each year she alters the dress to accommodate the year’s growth, until the narrator decides she can’t keep her dress forever—and so passes it on to her little cousin.
|Publisher:||Blue Apple Books|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Harriet Ziefert has been making magic with words for many years. She is the author of over 200 books for young readers. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.
Liz Murphy was born and raised in England and attended the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Montclair, New Jersey. Liz has illustrated four other picture books for Blue Apple.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Harriet Ziefert ha written many excellent books with older adults as main characters. In this book the Grandmother "recycles" the dress she made for the granddaughter as the girl grows out of it. She tells her granddaughter about how recycling helps to save the earth. Wise and creative grandmother and a good environmental message.
This book really helps me turn back the years. I remember how my mother would always be sewing clothes for my sisters and I. When I was about ten-years-old, I started taking sewing classes in our local 4-H club. I sewed all during my high school years and made dozens of outfits. "My Forever Dress", by Harriet Ziefert, is about a six-year-old girl and her grandmother. Grandma loves to sew and delights in making dresses for her granddaughter. The book shows the girl picking out the fabric and helping her Grandma with each step of sewing her dress. When the girl turns seven, Grandma talks to the girl about saving the earth. She said we should only buy new fabric if we have to. Grandma makes some pink leggings so the girl can wear the short dress from last year and make it look new again. Each year Grandma uses the dress from the year before to make a new outfit. I love the mixed-media collage illustrations by Liz Murphy. She uses sewing pattern pieces, fabric, measuring tapes, patterned paper, buttons, etc. to make this story come alive. I think elementary children will find this book interesting and entertaining. It is a wonderful introduction to sewing and it also has a strong message about recycling and reusing.