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The Purple Coat

Illustrated by Amy Schwartz


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About The Book

Every year, in the fall, Gabrielle gets a new coat. And every year her coat looks the same -- navy blue with two rows of buttons and a half belt in the back. But this year Gabrielle wants something different -- a purple coat.
"Purple?" Mama laughs. But Gabrielle is quite serious.
Alone with Grampa in his cozy tailor shop, Gabrielle does some fast talking. Still, even Grampa is dubious. His solution makes The Purple Coat a very special book, just right for every child who has ever wanted to try something different.

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About The Illustrator


Amy Schwartz (1954–2023) was a beloved author and illustrator who made more than forty picture books, including Bea and Mr. Jones, a Reading Rainbow featured title; What James Likes Best, a Charlotte Zolotow Award winner; A Teeny Tiny BabyI Can’t Wait!Busy Babies13 Stories about Harris13 Stories About Ayana; and the 100 Things series. From the very beginning of her career, Amy had an impeccable eye and ear for the specific details of the lives of young children, and this gave her books a universal honesty that touched readers of all ages.

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Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Reading Rainbow Book
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies
  • Christopher Award
  • Booklist Best Of 80's

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