I have a new favourite cosy read to add to my collection.

The Times

The Tiny Woman’s Coat


In this vibrant rhyming tale of resourcefulness and friendship by one of the world’s great children’s writers, Joy Cowley, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson, the tiny woman makes a coat of leaves—a small book to leave readers snug as a bug.


  • Description

    A small and cosy book leaving preschoolers snug as a bug, from award-winning author, Joy

    The Times Children’s Book of the Week.

    The tiny woman makes a coat of leaves with the help of her animal friends. The trees, geese,
    porcupine, horse and plants all share something so the tiny woman can snip, snip, snip and
    stitch, stitch, stitch a coat to keep herself warm.

    Friendship and sharing are at the heart of this warm and simple rhythmic poem by one of the
    world’s best children’s writers. A perfectly cosy hardback storybook to read-aloud and share
    with babies, toddlers and preschoolers who will delight in everything tiny and small, including
    the fresh and funny illustrations by award-winning illustrator Giselle Clarkson.

    “Now I have a new favourite cosy read to add to my collection.” — The Times.

    Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and adults, and her stories
    are loved around the world. She has won a multitude of awards and honours for her bestselling
    books, including the Prime Minister’s Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted
    for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

    Giselle Clarkson is an illustrator and comic artist based in New Zealand. She illustrated Egg and
    Spoon: An Illustrated Cookbook by Alexandra Tylee which won the Elsie Locke Award for Non-
    Fiction at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and The Gobbledegook
    Book: A Joy Cowley Anthology.

    Praise for The Tiny Woman’s Coat

    “Now I have a new favourite cosy read to add to my collection … Giselle Clarkson’s evocative
    illustrations tell another story of the powers of collectivism.” — The Times

    “An inventive and delightful tale that evokes Thumbelina, The Borrowers, and other beloved
    wee characters.” — Kirkus Reviews

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. The School Reading List

      Using lyrical and atmospheric rhyming verse, this highly illustrated story explores themes of sustainability, loyalty and ingenuity.

    2. Book Trailers 4 Kids And YA

      Repetition, alliteration, and onomatopoeia add to the fun.

    3. Poetry Box

      This beautiful book is comfort at its very best.

    4. Red Reading Hub

      Simply constructed and written, Joy Cowley’s folksy story is sheer delight to share and also, with its repeat patterned text, ideal for beginning readers.

    5. Kirkus Reviews

      An inventive and delightful tale that evokes Thumbelina, The Borrowers, and other beloved wee characters.

    6. Youth Services Book Review

      Cowley’s text, first copyrighted in 1987, stands the test of time, and it could stand alone. Cowley’s is an effortless musicality: the tale has a quiet but effective refrain, and such rhymes as appear — even when they are familiar — are tried-and-true, rather than tired.

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