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Dakota's Review:
The Rag Coat Written By Lauren Mills


This book really teaches a lesson. Minna is a girl without a coat. Her family shares a quilt when they go outside, like when they visit church or other places. Her father carries her in an old feed sack to help keep her warm. Her father works in a mine and he gets sick. While he is at home and can't work, he tells her one day that people need people. He promises to also get her a coat but he dies that summer. She wants to go to school but she won't because she doesn't want to have to give it up when winter comes and it is too cold. So, the quilting mothers find out and make her a coat. They use her old feed sack for the inside of the coat. While they are making it she goes to school, and they pick on her for not having a coat. Sharing day is coming up, and she wants to have her new coat to show everybody. They finish it and she wears the coat to school, but they pick on her and she runs away. She cries for the quilting mothers, her papa and her mama, but inside the coat where the feed sack is, it suddenly feels warm, like her papa's arms are around her and she remembers him saying "People need people" and she says I won't forget and gets back up and goes back to school. When she gets inside, the teacher welcomes her and the kids laugh, and they say her coat is a bunch of rags. She tells them "No, her coat is made of memories because each piece has a story that the quilting mothers had told her. One was from her fathers work coat. Another from a boys old blanket. One, part of a girl's dress that came form New York." And as they listened, they began to gather around her and say they were sorry and they wanted her to tell the story about their piece of cloth in her coat.

Wouldn't you want to have a coat of memories just like Minna?

This is a fantastic book. It is sort of like Agatha's Feather Bed. "Everything comes from something."

People give us compassion, love and without each other, we loose part of ourselves. We are all part of the memories. Like a painting, and it we loose part of it - we can't see the picture. That is why all the pieces are so important. We are like the quiltining mothers and have a chance to share a piece of ourselves and that is why people need people.


(c) 2001-2007 Dakota - All rights reserved.

About the Author:

Dakota is twelve years old and is currently in the 7th Grade. She was the very first contributor to Pathways Within and she has been sharing her view for several years. She is a "Voice of the Spirit Bear Educational Member" and is working to help the SBYC save the Spirit Bear. To find out more about the Spirit Bear, go to Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.

You can find more of Dakota's articles in our archives by selecting Dakota in the Author's Lookup.

You can also find articles written by Dakota in her column, "Dakota's View" located in the new hardcopy magazine, Children of the New Earth. CNE can be found on-line at Children of the New Earth.

Dakota may be contacted care of Editor@PathwaysWithin.com


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