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The Life of a Coat

Kadya Molodowsky, Batia Kolton (By (artist))


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This comic in children’s book format is about the whimsical lifespan of a coat, worn by each child in a family.

When the father of a large family makes a beautiful winter coat, little does he know how much use it will get. Little Gedalia wears the coat with pride all year, but when it gets too tight for him—he’s a growing boy, after all—it’s given to his sister, Yeshaya. Thus begins the journey of the coat as it’s passed down from child to child, a charming portrait of a loving family. Drawn in a clean-line style with a muted color palette, The Life of a Coat is based on the beloved Yiddish poem by the Polish poet Kadya Molodowsky and will delight young readers and their parents.

Praise For The Life of a Coat

A wonderfully fun young graphic novel, the perfect way to revive this old Yiddish classic.
— New York Journal of Books

A dark, wit­ty pic­ture of Jew­ish life in pre-World War II East­ern Europe. … high­ly rec­om­mend­ed both for chil­dren and for adults who are inter­est­ed in Yid­dish literature.
— Jewish Book Council

Fantagraphics, 9781683962670, 28pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2019

About the Author

Kadya Molodowsky was a beloved Yiddish poet. As a teacher, she was inspired by her young students to write lively, humorous poetry. She wrote The Life of a Coat in 1931 to entertain these children, many of whom hailed from poor families and didn’t own a winter coat.

Batia Kolton is an Israeli illustrator and art director. Along with Rutu Modan, she belongs to the cartoonist collective Actus Tragicus.