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The Coat–sacrificial giving

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The Coat

by Séverine Vidal and Louis Thomas

The Coat is a children’s picture book that tells the story of Elise who waits longingly for the day when her big sister Mia will outgrow her perfect red coat and pass it on to Elise. It also is the story of a homeless child dressed in a few layers of summer clothes sitting with her mother on cardboard on the sidewalk…in the snow. Elise passes her by the first day she wears her new red coat, but after a restless night, she can’t look away again. The second day she is late to school, coatless, and happy.

The Coat is a touching way to teach children about sacrificial giving. The homeless child is not given a name in the story which seems appropriate because there are so many “nameless” children who need help and hope. The pictures are colored line drawings, simple and almost cartoonish with an appeal to the reader to join the story. The snowy scenes and dialogue about “penguin cold” are perfect for this story. It is a book that children will request rereads on, and as they hear it again and again its message will make its way into their hearts.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Children’s Fiction

Notes: Reading age: 3 – 7 years
Grade level: 1 – 2

Publication: October 11, 2022—Flyaway Books

Memorable Lines:

It was bitterly cold. Penguin cold!

But now when Elise thought about the warm, soft, red coat, it hurt a little, kind of like a pinch.

Her thoughts were enough to keep her warm.


  1. Gretchen says:

    I love picture books! I like that it has a good message in the midst of a good story.

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  2. What a sweet book ❤️

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    • lghiggins says:

      I think so too. It reminds me of a parent of a first grader I taught. We had a food drive. The little girl selected things from the pantry that she didn’t really like. The mother asked her what were her favorite foods and had her select those to give away. I’m sure they had a discussion about it, and I know the child came away with a more generous heart.

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  3. WendyW says:

    I love this. It teaches children to give to others. So sweet

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nancy says:

    So sweet! I love a book like this that helps aid in discussion especially on GIVING!

    Liked by 1 person

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