I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman & Patrice Barton

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I like old clothes, / Hand-me-down clothes, / Worn outgrown clothes, / Not-my-own clothes. . . . Originally published by Knopf in 1976 (with illustrations by Jacqueline Chwast), this poem—an exuberant celebration of hand-me-down clothes—is just as relevant and accessible today as it was over 30 years ago.  Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman offers a bouncy, fun-to-read-aloud text and a refreshingly agreeable, resourceful protagonist who likes old clothes for their "history" and "mystery." Illustrator Patrice Barton brings new, contemporary life to the poem, with an adorable little girl and her younger brother playing dress-up, making crafts, and happily treasuring their hand-me-downs.
 

About Mary Ann Hoberman & Patrice Barton

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Mary Ann Hoberman has published more than twenty books for children, including the American Book Award winner A House is a House for Me, illustrated by Betty Fraser. She and her husband live in Greenwich, CT.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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So Hoberman, despite her way with silly rhyme, is reduced to stretching that initial idea about as far as the children here stretch their clothing dollars: ""I like old clothes,/ Hand-me-down clothes,/ Worn ourgrown clothes,/ Not-my-own clothes.

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/ Clothes with a history, / Clothes with a mystery, // Sweaters and shirts / That are brother-and-sistery….” Barton’s digitally rendered mixed-media illustrations capture well the warmth of Hoberman’s message, using wispy lines and softly accented shading to imbue these garments with such life th...

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“I like old clothes,/ Hand-me-down clothes,/ Worn outgrown clothes,/ Not my own clothes.” Former U.S. children’s poet laureate Hoberman’s poem, first published in 1976, holds up nicely;

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