What I Loved:
We are huge donators and shoppers of second-hand stores. I LOVED that this book followed the life cycle of one coat as it is passed down, donated, and sold for reuse after reuse! What a lovely way to feature such a charitable act.
A green jacket is given as a Christmas gift to a child. The jacket is happy. It likes the feeling of supporting its child and keeping him warm. When the child outgrows the jacket, it is given to a church donation and finds a new owner to hold tight and keep warm.
The jacket’s story takes the reader on its journey from owner to owner. We see the different children it keeps warm and the love the children have for the jacket.
How I Felt:
I thought this was such a unique story. I don’t think I have ever read a children’s book focusing on the donation life cycle of something. It was really nice to see the variety of ways the jacket finds its way to the new owners, and I liked that it helps so many different types of people!
I really want to talk about how much I LOVED the illustration in The Little Green Jacket. Each page is black and white, except for the jacket, which is illustrated with a color pop on the page. It is the only item in color, proudly displaying its bright green. I thought this was a great illustration decision!
Along with the illustration choice, there was also a fun text addition. The narrative gives us insight into each child that owns the jacket, but the jacket also has a voice. When the jacket is thinking/talking, the words for its voice are in green. My daughter even pointed this feature out, so she enjoyed it as much as I did!
Overall, I thought this was such a cute book. I loved the premise and found myself smiling with each new family the jacket is welcomed into. I loved the illustration choices as well!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The Little Green Jacket for children in pre-k through early elementary school. I think that this is a great book to expose kids to the importance of reusing and giving our discarded items a second life!
Where to Find This Book:
The Little Green Jacket by Jodi Dee is available at these sites. 10% of net sales from each book sold is donated to the Planet Aid.
The “Little Green Jacket” is a true all American classic, that not only represents the different children and places in our country, but the diversity and community of our culture. It showcases how small the world really is and how a simple act of giving can change the world. It demonstrates how humble organizations like Planet Aid do their work quietly, and that you are all part of it every time you use those little yellow drop boxes.
10% net of each book sold is donated to the Planet Aid.
Written by multi-award-winning Author Jodi Dee and in partnership with Planet Aid, “The Little Green Jacket” is a story based on true events about a little green jacket that travels through the lives of different children, who live in very different places, and ends up on the other side of the world after a natural disaster.
Just the Facts:
The Little Green Jacket by Jodi Dee
Page Count: 44 pages
Publisher: Jodi Dee Publishing
Pub Date: April 22, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.