05 April 2009

The Rag Coat - Mills

This sweet little girl lives with her poor family and doesn't have a coat. Her daddy is a coal miner but on their drives during winter he wraps a burlap sack around her to keep her warm. When he dies of a coal miner's sickness she is saddened. She starts attending school for the first time, knowing her father wanted her to but she didn't know what she would do when winter came. The ladies her mother sewed with to make money found out about her need for a coat and they put all their scraps together to make her a coat lined with a burlap sack. When she goes to school she is ridiculed for her patched coat but the children soon learn the story of the coat as well as the memories they find in her coat.

A good read about making friends, being content, and working together.