My Grandfather's Coat (Hardcover)

By Jim Aylesworth, Barbara McClintock (Illustrator)

Scholastic Press, 9780439925457, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


A rollicking, rhyming, fun rendition of a favorite folksong about a many-times recycled coat -- by the award-winning, bestselling team of Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock.

When my grandfather came to America
he made himself a handsome coat!
Then he wore it and he wore it and he wore it--
until it was all worn out!
So what did he do?

   He snipped and he clipped--
          and he stitched and he sewed. . .
                and out of the still-good cloth of his coat--
he made himself a smart jacket!

How many things can Grandfather make
out of that old frayed coat?
Jim Aylesworth's satisfying retelling and Barbara McClintock's heart-warming pictures celebrate the clever recycling of a beloved coat that lasts four generations -- until it becomes this story!

About the Author

Jim Aylesworth tells his stories with generous doses of "out loud" sounds, rhythms, and rhymes. His 25-year teaching career taught him exactly what children love best in a story. He lives in Chicago, IL with his wife.

Barbara McClintock's distinguished books have four times been honored as New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books.

Praise For My Grandfather's Coat

* "The narrative and illustrations make a perfect whole. Sweet and tender and joyful." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This is a tale worth reading again and again." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Based on the Yiddish folksong “I Had a Little Overcoat,” this splendid tale chronicles four generations. Aylesworth and McClintock (who collaborated on Our Abe Lincoln) perform a lovely pas de deux, from a boy's arrival at Ellis Island (“He came alone and with little more than nothing at all”) to his story being shared with a great-grandson....Warmth emanates from this thoughtful book, which deserves to become a multigenerational family favorite." -- Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"A moving tale of love and regeneration." -- New York Times Book Review

"Well-paced pages, spreads, and vignettes that nicely celebrate one family’s ongoing affection and continuity." -- Horn Book

"This tale of family, creativity, and resourcefulness is a warm, touching read-aloud." -- Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2014
School Library Journal Best Books of 2014
Sydney Taylor Award Winner
New York Public Library's 100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing