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The Olden Days Coat

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Truly a classic by one of Canada’s finest authors

Ten-year-old Sal is disappointed when she and her parents spend Christmas at her grandmother’s house, instead of at home, like they did before Grandpa died. In order to pass the time, Sal explores the contents of an old trunk. Searching through the old photographs she comes across a little girl’s winter coat, tries it on, an...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 9th 2004 by Tundra Books (first published 1979)
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Dec 20, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
I was excited to read this story to our girls, but they seemed a bit hesitant at the long narrative. We've read longer books with no pictures, but for some reason, I think our girls have come to expect picture books to be short. When I had only read a couple of pages, our youngest said she was going to sleep and that it was okay if I finished it without her.

I was a bit disappointed, but our oldest was still engaged in the story, so I pressed on. As we reached the middle of the story, I noticed...more
I have such treasured memories of this book... My aunt, whom I've always been close to, bought me the audiobook when I was a child, and I used to listen to it every night while I was falling asleep in bed. I knew it by heart word-for-word, and absolutely loved the story. The voice in the audiobook was so soothing and calm, perfect for a bedtime story. I was so happy when I found a paper copy in a bookstore years later as a young adult, and thrilled that I still remembered every word. Thinking ab...more
Traycee Wiebe
This book was originally read to my class by our school librarian in our beloved "story pit," a wickedly comfortable spot in which to relax, read and fall in love with books. Shortly after this book was brought to my attention, it was made into a television movie. I remember being so excited seeing the commercial about it and exclaiming to my mom that I just HAD to see it! It starred Megan Follows and though I believe it was short, it brought the entire story to life for me. I think I only saw i...more
I have an older edition of this book and I can't say I liked it very much. I didn't really enjoy the way the story was told and in the edition that I have the illustrations were very dingy and uninteresting. I don't think I would be reading this to any of the kids I work with, I think the stories pacing would be too long for them to sit through.
Cheryl in CC NV
A nice simple Christmas story - apt for the season that lacks subtlety and nuance. Not worth getting if you can't get the newer edition with the lovely illustrations by Muriel Wood, probably.
Another children's book that I read as an adult. I loved it.
A longer picture books, dd did not want it to be over.
Made me cry, in the library. Very embarrassing.
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Margaret Laurence was born Jean Margaret Wemyss on July 18, 1926 in the prairie town of Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada. Both of her parents passed away in her childhood, and Laurence was raised by her aunt and maternal grandfather.

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