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I Had a Favorite Dress

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  973 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Open up a fresh and stylish story about growing up and keeping hold of your favorite memories. As the year passes, the narrator’s favorite dress goes through a series of creative changes, from dress to shirt to tank top to scarf and so on, until all that’s left of it is a good memory. Assisted by her patient and crafty mama, the narrator finds that when disaster strikes he ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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Boni Ashburn's sweet little romp (poetic, descriptive and just plain fun) depicts a little girl's favourite dress being repeatedly reused and recycled into various other (and then) favourite articles of clothing (from a shirt to finally a hair bow, and when that hair bow falls prey to a puppy's sharp little teeth, the bits of remaining fabric are rescued and incorporated into a picture). While not actually presenting and describing the skills required to sew, to turn the favourite dress, the fav ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable! I loved the mama's creativity -- it was so much fun seeing what she would come up with next! -- and I loved that the little girl finds the perfect solution at the very end with her own style of creativity. The illustrations are charming and expressive and the poetic language is great for read-aloud. A wonderful book about sewing, repurposing, and using creativity to bring a smile when a situation has you frowning! ;-)
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidstuff
As a girl grows up, and outgrows her favorite dress, her mother manages to create a new item of apparel using an ever-shrinking part of the outfit. Clever ideas, and a great suggestions for repurposing clothing. A wonderful story, with fantastic illustrations.
Mary Ann
I loved reading this with my 7 year old. Her comment: "It's really creative!" She was full of smiles as she realized the pattern in the story and started predicting what the little girl would make next out of her favorite dress. And then toward the end, she loved how she couldn't quite predict what she'd make next. After we read it, she wanted to go back and count all the things the little girl made out of her original dress. I also think my daughter could relate to the little girl feeling sad a ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Fun & Creative Mother-Daughter Stories
Recommended to Abigail by: Manybooks
Distraught when her favorite dress, always worn on her favorite day (Tuesday) becomes too small to wear, the young heroine of this charming picture-book turns to her mother, and "Snip, Snip, Sew, Sew... New shirt, Hello!" This new garment soon becomes the young girl's favorite piece of clothing, always worn on her (new) favorite day, Wednesday. As time goes on, the erstwhile dress becomes smaller and smaller, transformed into a tank top, a skirt, a scarf, and a hair-bow. When even this is destro ...more
La Coccinelle
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is another library book that I poached from my mom's stack (the last one being Journey , which was absolutely wonderful). My mom must have great taste in children's picture books, because this one was wonderful, too.

The message about not making mountains out of molehills and learning to adapt and let go when it comes to change is a good one, and it's nice to see it in a picture book for young children. Unlike Maybe: A Little Zen for Little Ones , which I reviewed recently, the message
Felicia Edens
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A lovely and cute children's picture book (with fun, wispy illustrations) about a sentimental girl who accepts change gracefully.
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale that documents just how fast our little ones are growing up. Literally.

I can't tell you how many times I've said to my youngest that her pants are now too short for her. Her normal reply is that she doesn't care, but I end up sneaking them into the donation pile as soon as they are washed. Otherwise, she'll just keep wearing them and say that they are 'capris.'

So this was perfect timing for us, seeing how growing out of clothes is normal and that you can repurpose them
Love it! This fun and funky story of a beloved dress outgrown and turned into other bits of girly clothing (including a "tassely scarf") drew my attention because of the breezy illustrations of Julia Denos (Just Being Audrey), but the text is winning as well -- poetic and rhythmic without full-on rhyming. I also appreciate the multicultural characters and the fact that Mom and Grandma are stable and resourceful. A wonderfully updated twist on the Joseph Had a Little Overcoat concept.

Favorite quo
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebook
When a young girl's dress gets too short, voila!, it is made into a shirt. And when that shirt's sleeves get too short, voila!, a tank top ... and so the story goes until nothing remains of the dress. A excellent story showing how one things can be used many times and you shouldn't freak out about things, but figure out a solution.
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
My daughter likes to hold on to her clothes. This story showed a creative and fun way to re-purpose a favourite garment without the trauma of giving it away. Lovely illustrations too!
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was so cute and funny. I'd definitely recommend it .
Christina Turner
Loved it

I read this with my two year old daughter. She kept saying, "I love it Mommy". We will be buying this book in print and finding others by this author. I personally love the illustration as well.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Much like Simms Taback's "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat" or "Something From Nothing" by Phoebe Gilman or "My Grandfather's Coat" by Jim Aylesworth, this is a story of a dress that is transformed eight times.

Beginning as a favorite dress, which is worn every TUESDAY until it is too small, to creatively transforming to a ruffly shirt to wear on WEDNESDAYS, , to becoming a tank top to be worn through the summer on THURSDAYS and then a skirt to wear to school of FRIDAYS with help from mom, a pair of
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A girl loves her favorite dress, but it is now too small for her. Her clever mother shapes it into new things the girl can wear. As the girl grows, the dress is transformed into a shirt, then a tank top, then a scarf, then socks, until it finally becomes a beautiful hair bow.

A nice story about using creativity to solve a problem.

“I had a favorite dress that was my favoritest dress ever. I wore it every Tuesday because that was my favorite day of the week.

But one Tuesday, I put on my favorite dre
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, picture-book
The narrator in this picture book has a dress that she simply loves to wear, but when it becomes too small for her, her mother fashions it into a ruffly new shirt, then a tank top, a skirt, a scarf, socks, and a hair bow. At first I expected her mother to buy her something new, but I was delighted that mother and daughter found a way to turn something old into something new. I also liked how the daughter cleverly creates something from the remains of the chewed up ribbon in the end. I loved the ...more
Lest anybody think I am All Boy All the Time, this great picture book about a style-conscious little girl and her crafty - in both senses of the word - mama almost made me wish I had little girl style crises in my own life. But alas. My boys will wear a pair of pants until it falls apart on them - not because they love those pants but because they have not actually noticed that their butts are visible through the holes in the seat.

Full review at Pink Me:
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely both inside and out. A young girl's favorite dress changes with the seasons and her own growing self to become a shirt, a tank, a skirt, a scarf and more. Boni Ashburn's story has a wonderful vibrancy to it, with the repeated refrain of "Snip, snip, sew, sew, new [insert clothing item here] hello!". I also loved the final outcome of the dress, which is sweet and simple. Julia Denos' illustrations are gorgeous and the coloring is divine. I wish I could live in this picture book. And I wish ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
When a little girl's favorite dress becomes too short, what is a mother to do? The answer: use your sewing skills to repurpose it into a shirt, or course! I love the way the mom tells the daughter to not make mountains out of molehills, and finds a way to keep recycling the favorite "dress" into something else through each consecutive mishap! I wish sewing skills were more widely used and that moms and dads everywhere could do the simple fixes to make it possible for old, holey, short, or otherw ...more
Cathy Blackler
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love books that have a sewing component, recalling all the times my Mom sewed things for my sister and me.This charming story is a great testament to problem-solving. What happens when your favorite dress gets too short? Creativity and a willingness to make the best of a situation will resonate with readers.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: african-american
Quite similar to Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, except instead of an older Jewish man doing the repurposing, it's a chic African American pre-tween and her mother who keep getting the most out of a favorite dress. Might be fun to read the two books together. ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Personally, I found this a bit tiresome to reread over and over, but the kids kept asking for it. The fashion element definitely appealed to them (my nieces insist on wearing beautiful dresses every day) and the pattern storytelling allowed them to try to anticipate what would come next. The illustrations are beautiful - I love how they bring the character and her family to life.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This darling book filled with colorful vocabulary and poetic language shows what happens when a girl outgrows her favorite dress and her talented-at-sewing mama repurposes it again and again to make a shirt, skirt, scarf and bow. I love what the girl does with the scraps at the end. I love the warm relationship between mother and daughter and the expressive illustrations.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a modern version of the traditional overcoat story, which is made into a jacket, then vest, then tie, etc. In this case a little girl's dress goes through several transformations, ending up with pieces of the fabric in a collage picture the girl creates. Nice, exuberant illustrations.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Just enough to make a story" with a fashionable twist. Stylish and fine.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
adorable! Love the illustrations! I want her wardrobe :)
Laura Harrison
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely terrific. Wonderful story with lively, colorful yet soft illustrations. An extremely popular seller in my bookstore.
Sara Mangan
This story is about a girl and her favorite dress. She outgrows it and her mama turns it into something else. She outgrow that and her mama turns it into something else. Her dress becomes socks and a hair bow. Eventually there is nothing left of her dress so she find a way to remember it always.

Multicultural literature because it is about people of color.

Writing training.
1- Ideas- This book's underlying idea is that you shouldn't give up when faced with a problem but instead work with what you
Mama Bibliosoph
Hooray for picture books starring more girls of color!

I Had a Favorite Dress is about a little girl who has a favorite dress that she wears on Tuesdays, until one day the dress is too short. Luckily, her Mom knows her way around a sewing machine, because "SNIP, SNIP, and sew, sew" the dress becomes a new shirt with ruffles. The girl now wears her favorite shirt on Wednesdays. Of course the girl keeps growing, and the shirt soon becomes a tank top, a skirt, a scarf, a pair of socks and a hair bow
Mary Eve
Making Problems Fashionable

Adorable! Lovely illustrations that young girls will relate to. What happens when we grow out of our favorite fashions? Well, it isn't as easy for women, but little girls will appreciate this clever story. Mom insists that "instead of making mountains out of molehills, make molehills out of mountains." A treasured dress becomes a favorite shirt, a favorite top becomes a cherished skirt, and so on. It's a lesson of working what you got and finding solutions to everyday
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Boni Ashburn is the author of eight picture books, including Hush, Little Dragon and I Had A Favorite Dress. Boni lives in the Upper Peninsula Of Michigan with her four children and manages a school-public library.

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