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Coco and the Little Black Dress

by Annmarie Van Haeringen

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Little Coco lives in a strict orphanage. She has to work very hard, but she also learns how to sew and embroider and when she turns eighteen, Coco has to find a job.
This children's picture book is a good example of a biography because it describes the life of Coco Chanel, the famous French fashion designer who created memorable style icons such as the little black dress and Chanel No 5. Media: black ink and color wash.
  rwilke | Apr 16, 2016 |
Lovely picture book, with beautiful illustrations. The text is very short, and suitable for young children. This book is refreshingly different from many other children's books. It's so much more than another fictional story for kids, because it's a biography, which is fairly rare in picture books. ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
Lovely picture book, with beautiful illustrations. The text is very short, and suitable for young children. This book is refreshingly different from many other children's books. It's so much more than another fictional story for kids, because it's a biography, which is fairly rare in picture books. ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
Lovely picture book, with beautiful illustrations. The text is very short, and suitable for young children. This book is refreshingly different from many other children's books. It's so much more than another fictional story for kids, because it's a biography, which is fairly rare in picture books. ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
(ARC was provided to read and review.)

Coco and the Little Black Dress is a biography of Coco Chanel, which has been simplified in a very suitable way for children. The book concentrates on the most important facts of Coco's life and together with beautiful illustrations will keep the young reader interested and entertained.
The artwork reminded me of books I had as a child and I found it fitted the text perfectly. We see Coco sewing in the orphanage or a woman being rather cheerfully squeezed into a corset.

Coco Chanel was at the age of 12 sent to an orphanage by her father after her mother's death. The fact, that she was not really an orphan, but still had a father, who sadly didn't care (and was never to make contact with her again) was particularly difficult for the young girl, as she felt abandoned and rejected.
She had to work hard and was often very tired and hungry, but at the same time learned the skills, which would come in extremly useful in later life, to sew, to mend, to knit and how to make embroidery.
Because of what she had been taught to do to perfection, she became a seamstress after she left the orphanage as a young woman. At the start her income was very little and she would sing and dance at nightclubs in the eveing as she was determined never to be poor again.
She would make wealthy friends and when she started to design her own hats, they would support her ideas financially.
Later she created her own clothes and quite a few of them became classics, like the little black dress or her tweed costumes. Her own perfum creation, Chanel No. 5, was to follow.

Coco's biography certainly shows that hard work and persistence can pay off and children will find her story inspiring and interesting. As the text contains quite a few more difficult words (like: dignified, indulge, persevere, etc.) it's more suitable for the already advanced reader.
Overall a very good, but short biography enhanced with beautiful illustrations of a true fashion icon. ( )
  MasterReadersBooks | Oct 18, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0735842396, Hardcover)

"Hurry up! You may only go to bed when all the sheets are ironed." Little Coco grew up in the orphanage and had to work hard for a living sewing and embroidering like an angel. Until her eighteenth birthday . . . Coco knew one thing for sure Coco. She would never, never be poor again. A beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel (1883-1971) was a famous French fashion designer. Born into a poor family, strictly brought up in the orphanage, influenced by the style of wealthy suitors , she remained faithful throughout her life to the simplicity. A luxurious simplicity , which has produced memorable style icons like the little black dress and perfume Chanel No. 5.

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