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The Rag Coat

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The Rag Coat by Lauren A. Mills

From With paintings that capture all the beauty of Appalachia in authentic detail, this tender story about a resourceful mountain girl's special coat will touch readers with its affirming message of love and friendship.

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✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Lauren A. Mills

Website for Lauren A. Mills

Other books by Lauren A. Mills

The author is also the illustrator.

📖 Topics from the book:

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📂 Units, Activities, and Resources for The Rag Coat

Coal Mining Videos
From Kentucky Coal Education

Mountains Mini-book Ideas

Delightful Learning: Rowing The Rag Coat

Coal Lesson Plans
For primary grades, from Kentucky Coal Education

Mining Coal Game (printable)
From Kentucky Coal Education

Free Lapbook: The Rag Coat

Why are we featuring this book?

The Rag Coat is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for The Rag Coat. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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