I Had a Favorite Dress

I Had a Favorite Dress


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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 her favorite things, she doesn’t need to make mountains out of molehills—she “makes molehills out of mountains” instead! Structured around the days of the week, the story is also illustrated to show the passing of the seasons, a perfect complement to the themes of growing older and keeping hold (and letting go) of special mementos.

Praise for I Had a Favorite Dress
"A spunky story about adjusting to change with creativity and style. Tailor-made, so to speak, for the Etsy generation of DIY enthusiasts.” –Publishers Weekly

“Everyone is smiling in the buoyant confections created by illustrator Julia Denos—including, it’s fair to say, young readers looking at them. Endearing picture book.” –Wall Street Journal

“What could have been yet another example of kindergarten consumerism instead becomes one of resourcefulness and resilience.” –New York Times
“Denos’s multimedia illustrations reinforce the narrator’s vibrant personality and the amazing transformations of the dress while capturing the action and emotion of the story. This book is sure to capture the imaginations of would-be seamstresses; children who can’t bear to part with a favorite item; and those who want to reduce, reuse, recycle.” –School Library Journal

“Breezy in style, they smartly stitch each scene of alteration as the not-so-little girl sashays through the days of the week and the seasons. A charming interpretation of an old story that will speak to young fashionistas.” –Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419700163
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 198,245
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 6 Years

About the Author

Boni Ashburn is the author of Hush, Little Dragon and Over at the Castle. She lives in Houghton, Michigan, with her four children. Visit BoniAshburn.com. Julia Denos is the acclaimed illustrator of Dotty, by Erica S. Perl. She lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. Visit JuliaDenos.com.

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I Had a Favorite Dress 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
shazzerwise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 I could sew like the girl's mother!
HopeMiller123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl girl and her favorite dress. Throughout the story as she's growing and getting bigger like all children, her dress is too short one day. Her mother see this and comes up with a solution to the problem and sews the dress into a shirt. MOre time goes by and they are more thing that happen to this dress, for example, the sleeves come off, it becomes a skirt, a scarf, socks and a hairpiece. Finally, there really is nothing left of her dress and she makes it into a painting so she can always remember her favorite dress. This is a cute book about reinventing something and a close mother daughter relationship. I think that kids could relate to the girl in the story because we all have our favorite things that would cause a meltdown if something happened to it. And also the feeling of never wanting something you love ever end, like a toy or dress or blanket.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 dress¿and it was too short! Mama said so. Uh-oh! I couldn¿t bear the tought of not wearing my favoritest dress. So I moaned and groaned, I complained, distraught¿`You¿re overwrought, dear; it¿s clear,¿ Mama said. `Don¿t make mountains out of molehills. Make molehills out of mountains.¿¿
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book! It is fun, has great lessons and beautiful illustrations. I love that it is about sewing too.
Wisdom2013 More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book teaches many lessons; recycling, design, creativity, character development and diversity. It uses wonderful language; mountains and molehills declared, distraught, overwrought just to name a few. It also introduces days of the week and seasons. The illustrations, by Julia Denos bring sewing, clothing, seasons and children to life.  We love this book and recommend it for classrooms, silent reading, after school programs and libraries. This African American girl and her mother are a treasure in themselves. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book are beautiful and the story is very cute. This book is a must for anyone with a "girly girl" at home!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old granddaughter just loved this book. I had to read it to her over and over and then she got the idea that she might have a favorite dress that was too short on her..... It was a delightful story