Bella's fall coat

Lynn Plourde

Book - 2016

"A picture book about the fall season, centering on Bella, a little girl who has outgrown but does not want to give up her favorite coat made by her grandmother, and how she deals with the inevitable change to something new"--

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
9781484726976
1484726979
Main Author
Lynn Plourde (author)
Other Authors
Susan Gal (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Bella's favorite coat, the one Grams made for her, is getting too tight, but that doesn't stop this lively girl from enjoying fall outdoors. Every time her grandmother mentions the coat, Bella zooms outside, where she dives into piles of leaves, climbs trees to pick apples, and flaps her arms like the nearby geese. Meanwhile, Grams smiles, presses leaves, makes apple tarts, and, late that night, stitches up a new coat. Putting it on immediately, Bella loves it and runs outdoors, where she puts her old coat on a new snowgirl, saying, "It's her favorite!" Plourde's text reads aloud well with nicely balanced segments of the story and a telling that uses both realistic dialogue and narrative sections with paired words such as "She sneaked and snooped. She honked and whistled. She flapped and flew." As vibrant and energetic as Bella herself, the dynamic digital illustrations make good use of patterns, textures, and deep, rich colors. A fine picture book for autumn story hours. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A girl named Bella, "not as little as she used to be," revels in an autumn day—and in the patchwork coat her grandmother made for her, a coat that's on its last legs. Grams repeatedly suggests that the coat is ready for retirement, but Bella isn't having it, repeatedly dashing outdoors to romp through the leaves, pick apples from trees, and dash alongside migrating geese ("She sneaked and snooped. She honked and whistled. She flapped and flew"). The mutual adoration between Bella and Grams is abundantly evident in the tender exchanges Plourde (Merry Moosey Christmas) puts together, as well as in Gal's (Here Is the World) gauzy, multilayered images, which capture both Bella's near-inexhaustible energy and that of a woodland landscape in flux. Ages 3–5. Illustrator's agency: Morgan Gaynin. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Bella, who wants to keep her too small coat, learns that "nothing lasts forever." Grams wants to discuss replacing her granddaughter's outerwear, but instead, Bella, wearing the coat she loves, "woosh[es]" outdoors to enjoy her favorite season—fall. She romps in the crackling leaves and even brings some indoors when she returns for lunch. That afternoon Bella plucks ripe apples and after supper zooms outside again to flap her arms in imitation of migrating geese. But her too tight coat begins to unravel, and she can no longer avoid talk of replacing it. While the child sleeps, Grams makes her a new one, which Bella happily dons next morning to experience the first day of winter. She even finds a surprise use for her old coat. The mixed-media illustrations feature double-page outdoor scenes drenched in autumn colors of orange, red, and gold. As day fades to night, swaths of purple sweep across the landscape, and, finally, Bella is tucked into bed with remnants of her autumn adventures reflected against blue-black walls and across her pillow. Alert readers will notice Gram's autumn-colored attire and dishes and furniture that match Bella's vibrant outfit. Plourde manages, quite brilliantly, to convey the characteristics of the autumn season simply through the protagonist's enthusiastic exploits. Metaphors for change abound: apples become tarts, geese leave, autumn becomes winter, and a little girl grows bigger. VERDICT Delicious verb pairs such as "twirled and whirled," "crinkled and crackled," and "picked and plucked" and outstanding illustrations make this offering a treat for eye and ear. A first choice for fall units.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Greenwich, CT. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Bella, a little girl who has outgrown but does not want to give up her favorite coat made by her grandmother, learns how to deal with the inevitable change to something new.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"A picture book about the fall season, centering on Bella, a little girl who has outgrown but does not want to give up her favorite coat made by her grandmother, and how she deals with the inevitable change to something new"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This loving and whimsical intergenerational picture book captures the wonders of fall as it reflects the common childhood desire that everything stay exactly as it is forever.

Bella loves the sights and sounds of fall--the crinkle-crackle of fallen leaves, the crunch of crisp, red apples, the honking and flapping of migrating geese. She wants the season to last forever. She also wants her fall coat--the one her Grams made especially for her--to last forever. But the coat is worn-out and too small. . . . With a snip and a whir, Grams makes sure Bella will be warm when the first snowflakes fall. And Bella finds a perfect use for her old favorite coat -- on the first snowman of the season. Adorned with beautiful fall oranges, reds, and yellows, and sprinkled with fun sound words, this read-aloud will help families celebrate both fall and winter.