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No Ordinary Jacket

Candlewick. Aug. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536209662.
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PreS-Gr 3–Baker’s soft, subtle collage-style illustrations pair perfectly with Pashley’s sweet story about growing up, letting go, and allowing prized possessions to take on new life. Amelia’s favorite jacket is no ordinary jacket. Soft like dandelion fluff, warm like the afternoon sun, and as comforting as a hug, it goes wherever Amelia goes: to school, then home, to the park, or to Aunt Kath’s house. When Amelia outgrows it, the jacket is passed on to little sister Lily. The jacket has more lives, too, as a bed for kittens, and as warmth for Lily’s favorite doll; but as it grows worn, it is nearly forgotten. Through their mother, the family finds the perfect way for this extraordinary jacket to bring comfort to the family for years to come.
VERDICT Children and their favorite possessions are hard to part, and for good reasons! This heartfelt story is for every collection; readers will relate to the theme of growing up but not away.

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