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Do I Have to Wear a Coat?

Do I Have to Wear a Coat?

Illustrated by Rachel Isadora


Do I Have to Wear a Coat?

About the Book

Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora celebrates each of the four seasons with a diverse cast of endearing kids

All four seasons are full of wonderful things that make them fun and special, and the children in this delightful book share some of the highlights (and some pretty nifty clothes)! Spring brings berries, baby animals, cool showers--and raincoats. Summer brings warm breezes, the best beach weather--and no more coats! In the fall, we play in the leaves and pumpkin patches--and wrap up in cozy sweaters. And winter brings ice skating and all kinds of snowy outdoor fun--but we need to bundle up in our heaviest coats! In a style reminiscent of her popular My Dog Laughs and I Hear a Pickle, Rachel Isadora's charming vignettes are packed with details that young children will want to pour over.

Product Details

On sale: March 3, 2020
Age: 2-5 years
Grade: Up to Kindergarten
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780525516606
Reading level: Lexile: AD420L

Author Bio

Rachel Isadora received a Caldecott Honor for Ben's Trumpet, and has written and illustrated numerous other books for children, including several classic tales set in Africa (such as Old Mikamba Had a Farm and The Princess and the Pea), My Dog LaughsI Just Want to Say Good NightI Hear a PickleBea in the NutcrackerBea at BalletJake at GymnasticsSay Hello!Peekaboo Morning, and the Lili at Ballet series. She lives in New York City.


“This pleasant picture book highlights activities that children enjoy as the seasons cycle through the year. . . . Isadora’s illustrations, rendered in fine ink lines with bright watercolor washes, have a fresh, airy quality and a cheerful tone. A good book for starting discussions about the seasons and sharing with young children at any time of year.”—Booklist

“As children fling open their doors to run outside, the titular question comes to mind: ‘Do I have to wear a coat?’ . . . Various vignettes of diverse tots explore spring, summer, fall, and winter. . . . Isadora explores the seasons not only through outerwear, but also activities that are intimate and familiar to those who experience these seasons. . . . Children will feel each season deeply, with or without their coats! A fresh perspective on a cyclical topic.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Isadora walks youngsters through each season, repeating the lively vignette-sequence format employed in her I Hear a Pickle. . . . [Readers] will also be tickled by the bits of dialogue in many vignettes. . . . Friendly line and watercolor art features a multiracial and multiabled batch of kids and a generous sprinkling of loyal little pups; there’s the occasional parental guest appearance, but mostly this is kids out and about in enticing scenarios that viewers will long to join.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Hosts a lovely cast of adorable children interacting in each season. . . . A solid primer to introduce the seasons.”—School Library Journal

“Isadora’s characteristic ink and watercolor art uses vignettes set against white backgrounds to show children joyfully experiencing the changing seasons. . . . Brief text and coordinating illustrations highlight the distinct natural elements and activities that each season brings.”—The Horn Book