Minna desperately wants to go to school. But she knows Mama needs her help around the house taking care of her younger siblings, and she doesn’t want to leave Mama without a helper. And besides that, with her father sick with the miner’s cough, there isn’t enough money to buy a new coat for Minna, and she couldn’t go to school without a coat.
Suddenly, Minna’s father dies. Mama gives Minna permission to go to school, but she decides not to – she would only have to stop once the weather turned cold. But then, Mama and Mrs. Hunter come up with an idea. What if they made Minna a coat out of old scraps – pieces of cloth from beloved shirts and blankets, each piece with a different memory. Minna loves her new coat. But will the school children be so accepting of her rag coat?
Conclusion. A sweet story which teaches the fullness of familial love and the importance of treating others kindly.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret