My Grandfather's Coat

by Jim Aylesworth, Illustrated By Barbara McClintock

Scholastic Press
November 2014

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 2011012226

Lexile measure: AD810L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L

Sydney Taylor Award Winner

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

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!
Jim Aylesworth

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

Barbara McClintock has written and/or illustrated over 40 distinguished books for children. Emma and Julia Love Ballet which she wrote and illustrated, received three starred reviews, and My Grandfather's Coat, retold by Jim Aylesworth, also received three starred reviews and was named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. Her books have five times been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books. She has received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, as well as a myriad of other awards and honors. Barbara lives in Connecticut with her family and their four very graceful cats.


  • * "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



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780439925457

32pp. | 8-½ x 11