Runaway Clothes

Runaway Clothes

by Mrs. D

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An enlightening story about a little girl named Nika who didn�t want to take care of her clothes and toys. One hazy morning when Nika opened her closet, she discovered that it was empty. Her clothes had disappeared! What had happened to her shirts and pants? Where did her favorite dresses, coats, and socks go? Why did they leave her with just her pajamas on this misty morning? Will they come back? Taking a closer look at her room, Nika starts thinking about her attitude toward her clothes and toys. �How easy it is to lose something you love so much.� She learns an important lesson at the end of this story. Watch your children have a blast reading this story while learning valuable lessons.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149377657
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 44
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

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Runaway Clothes 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
One day young Nika wakes up to discover her closet is bare. Upon discovery of her empty wardrobe her hangers gleefully announce that Nika's clothes have had enough of her mistreatment and have decided to run away. It seems Nika has cared for her clothes quite poorly. But as Nika laments the loss of her favorite clothes she looks around her room at total disarray. With toys stacked upon one another in chaotic disorder, she is struck with a terrible thought. What if her toys were to decide to leave her as well? With a little help from her friends Sun and Wind, Nika learns a valuable lesson about treating her things with respect. Author, Mrs. D., has written a beautiful book full of wonderfully imaginative scenarios and lovely imagery. Runaway Clothes is sure to strike a chord with young readers, inspiring them to take good care of their belongings. Runaway Clothes is recommended for home and school libraries.
MurielleC More than 1 year ago
There is a valuable lesson for young and old in Mrs. D's children's book, Runaway Clothes. A young child wakes up to a closet empty of all her clothes. The hangers are upset with the way she disrespects her clothes by not putting them away where they belong, and they stage a walk-out.This makes the child think of her how she also treats her toys the same way, and she begins to see things differently. This is a colourful presentation of our affluent society and how little we appreciate what we have. The illustrations are wonderful, and will certainly be a pleaser with  the young reader.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Nika wakes up one morning to find all her clothes missing. Then the grumpy old wooden hanger tells her a few things she doesn't want to hear about how she's been treating her belongings. Will Nika change her lazy ways? This is a cute story, but the ending is a bit contrived and predictable. I felt like I was being hammered over the head with the lesson the story was so obviously trying to teach. The author's writing style is beautiful, though a bit too old-fashioned for this modern tale. The subject matter would be better served by a simple picture book, with much less text.  I received this book in return for an honest review.
Kate-M-L More than 1 year ago
A light-hearted lesson in tidiness. The little girl unwittingly neglects and abuses her clothes and toys, until one day the clothes go missing and their absence makes her heart grow fonder! A useful story for anyone with a child who doesn't respect their belongings. It's fun and non-preachy and might provide some food for thought in a non-confrontational way.
KittyMuseBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Nika never saw it coming. She was so set in her ways, in her neglect of the things that were important, that it was a complete surprise. The hangars told her, in words crisp and stern. Her clothes had run away. And they were of the same mind, as were Nika’s toys. Why? Because she did not take care of them. What happens when Nika learns her lesson? And what are the lessons learned–by all? I love Mrs. D’s works. Every one of them is a charmer, and every one teaches a lesson. Her illustrator, Chanoa, is gifted beyond telling. Such lovely art work. I loved how the tree friends from Ms. D’Agostino’s “The Trees Have Hearts” were incorporated into this story. Nika couldn’t go outside to play with them, because she didn’t have anything to wear, and the tree friends can be seen waiting for her to come outside. Not to fear–this book isn’t a scary one. There is a misunderstanding that leads to the clothes being returned–all small children will understand the very real reason behind the disappearance of the clothes. But they will also realize the importance of taking care of what they have. And that is the very real message that the author is trying to convey–gently and sweetly, as is her way. Always a treat to read Mrs. D’s books!
olgagusevaOG More than 1 year ago
An instructive and incredibly beautiful story with a happy conclusion.  One morning when the little girl woke up, to her huge surprise, she could not find her clothing. Standing in front of her empty closet, she tries to find out what happened to her clothes and why her favorite dresses, pants, and shirts left her on this misty morning. How dare they leave her with just her summer pajamas? Sound familiar? At first, Nika tries to blame the poor hangers, but the hangers have had enough of her unpleasant attitude, and they run away too. What happens next is a great story about Nika’s realization of her behavior toward her belongings. She finally understands that there is only one person who is responsible for all this mess … and now is the time to take responsibility for her own actions.  Any parent knows what it takes to make their children clean their room. Runaway Clothes sparked a needed conversation between my eight-year-old son and me. Without preaching and hammering, Mrs. D. made my young son believe that the clothing and toys have feelings also, and they need proper care and love. No mess in his room! At least for now. As the mother of a young child, I found Mrs. D.s book very useful. It helps me to better understand my son and how I should deal with some extraordinary situations, we are facing when it comes to cleaning his room. This book teaches children to respect their things and make them think about the circumstances.  In my humble opinion, this is a brilliant book! What I love the most about Mrs. D’s educational story is her approach to this very touching subject: how to help parents teach their children to take care of their belongings without being annoying. I am amazed how the author lures readers into the world of the young girl, who gradually begins to realize how unfair she was to her belongings. Marvelously executed illustrations lead readers throughout the story while teaching lessons and showing the solutions. The story is written with a touch of magic, which makes this book appealing and memorable. My son loved the magical wind, talking trees, and giggling sunrays. Runaway Clothes is one of these loving stories that young children will enjoy reading repeatedly. It suits both girls and boys.  I’ve read all the books by this author. Mrs. D. is an incredible storyteller. Her characters are fascinating, loving, and mesmerizing. They are believable in that they reach hearts, teach lessons, and most important, they are kind and sweet, and fun to read to children. All of her books are beautifully illustrated and very inviting. They give readers new emotions and experiences while transporting them into the magical world of the beautiful classic fairy tales. Excellent teaching tools for children and adults!  PS. It was impossible not to fall in love with one of her characters, Carlo the Mouse, who found a warm spot in the hearts of Russian children. They can hardly wait for the next book from the Carlo the Mouse series. I am sure Runaway Clothes will find its readers around the globe and will leave a positive impact on readers of all ages. This is a small book, but it carries huge messages and provides great teaching tools. A brilliant book for young children and an excellent helper for parents!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Runaway Clothes by Mrs. D is full of delightful imagery. The words flow in such a fanciful way that children are sure to be immediately engaged and pulled into the story. Its endearing quality teaches young ones the importance of taking care of their valued belongings in such a way that they will not realize they are learning a lesson in the proper care of one's possessions. Excellently executed! If the colorful writing does not yet engage the youngest of readers, the beautiful illustrations are guaranteed to catch their attention! I believe this book will delight children of all ages. The youngest will be drawn in by the vivid pictures while the older ones will become lost within the lovely descriptive words. They will feel the child's anguish at the loss of her runaway clothes, and later her joy, as she is reunited with them. It is sometimes difficult for me to leave a review and judge someone's work, but this author made it an incredibly easy process for me. Beautiful storytelling, Mrs. D! I am sure it will be treasured by the many children lucky enough to get lost within its pages.
bamauthor More than 1 year ago
Do you have a young lady in your home who is a less than perfect housekeeper? This book might be just what the doctor ordered. Nika is a wide-eyed pretty little lass who awakes one morning to find that all her clothes are missing from her closet. Both the metal and wooden hangers are bare. She looks outside her cold window and sees only the mist. Where can her clothes be hiding? Nika is freezing because she is dressed only in her pajamas. She does not know what to do. Then she gazes around her room and observes that all her toys are lying around in disorganized heaps. What if they decide to abandon her as well? Nika panics. So she purposefully sets out to clean and organize her toys and stuffed animals. That does not resolve her dilemma. It is cold outside; how will she ever be able to leave the house without her clothing? Nika talks to the trees and the sun rays who are both sympathetic. The wind blows her salty tears and they land on her clothing, which it turns out, are closer than Nika is aware. Does Nika ever find her wayward clothing? At the end of the story, Nika's mom is really impressed with her daughter because she has learned a few valuable lessons. The illustrations by Chanoa are beautifully done in large computer images with detailed facial expressions in soft pastels. As in another of MRS. D's previous, books, Good Morning, World!, personification plays a large role in the story. The hangers, clothing, wind, sun rays and fog come to life. There are some guardian spirits looking on as well. The illustrations face the text on the opposite page. While a few vocabulary words like enraged are a stretch for younger children, the illustrations provide context clues. I would recommend the book for little ones in the elementary grades and for parents who might want to impress upon their child the importance of taking good care of their belongings.