by Susan Lendroth (Author)
When Piper outgrows her favorite sweater, she must find a way to save it in this comforting picture book perfect for every kid who has a lovey or favorite piece of clothing.
Piper loves Purpa, her favorite purple sweater. She wears it everywhere--to the park, to birthday parties, and every occasion in between. But as Piper grows bigger and taller, Purpa does not, and soon Piper can't fit into Purpa anymore . . . though maybe she can find another way to keep her beloved sweater in her life. This reassuring story reminds us that growing up doesn't always mean leaving our favorites behind.
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PreS-Gr 1—Lendroth's text seamlessly captures a child's love of something that they are slowly outgrowing without resorting to sentiment or nostalgia. "Piper loved her purple sweater. She loved it even before she could pronounce the word purple." Some kids have a blankie or binkie, but Piper has Purpa, and for so long that she outgrows it. Her family members suggest new uses for Purpa, but Piper says no until the day she gets a new stuffed animal, a koala, and as he is given the sweater, he is also given Purpa's name. Feng's illustrations effortlessly depict all the characters' various emotions (including the dog and koala) with skill and humor. The family's adorable Yorkie is in nearly every scene, adding to the story's light humor. VERDICT A delightful story of growing up, but not giving up on the thing you love.—Catherine CallegariCopyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.