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Nila's Perfect Coat

Nila's Perfect Coat

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Nila and her mom love shopping at the thrift store. But when Nila finds the most perfect, shiny, puffy coat, Mom says no: Nila's winter coat still fits her just fine. With a lot of determination and some birthday money from Dad, Nila sets out to prove the coat really is perfect--but along the way, learns maybe it's perfect for someone else. Someone who needs both a coat and a friend.

An engaging and accessible story about having enough and helping others in need.

Download the free Nila’s Perfect Coat educator’s guide to continue the fun with Nila and friends and to encourage kids to share warmth.


"This picture book acknowledges economic realities within a story that is wholly positive. The characters' emotions are sensitively portrayed in the colorful illustrations. An appealing readaloud choice for primary-grade social studies units on wants and needs."


"With a lesson of putting other's needs before one's own desires, Paulson's narrative is community-focused and stresses the importance of charity in a supportive--but never patronizing--way. Mola's painterly and rustic-looking art fits the 'thrifted' theme of the story. . . . A warmhearted tribute to the spirit of altruism."

Kirkus Reviews

"A fun and engaging picture book with an important underlying message about having enough and helping others in need."

Midwest Book Review

Product Info

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506485812
  • eBook ISBN 9781506485829
  • Age Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 8.75 x 10.25
  • Pages 32
  • Publication Date February 7, 2023