I Like Old Clothes, too!

December 17, 2012 at 3:51 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

ilikeTitle: I Like Old Clothes

Author: Mary Ann Hoberman

Illustrations: Patrice Barton

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

I Like Old Clothes is genius.  Growing up with hand-me-downs from my sister who is 6 years older and rarely more than 6 months ahead of me in size, hand-me-downs were a pretty exciting part of life.  As an adult, I’m a huge fan of thrift stores and passing things amongst friends.  I like the worn in feel, I like the faded colors, I like the history.

I Like Old Clothes is a great book to have on hand to help indoctrinate your child with that appreciation.  Indoctrinate may be a scary word that doesn’t really say what I mean… Instead, let me say, I Like Old Clothes is a great book to unveil the magic of used things that is usually shrouded in distaste by consumerism, greed, and the false ideals of what is cool.

Clearly, I was not cool growing up.  But for the most part, I didn’t really care.

I still wear my dad’s 1960’s sweaters, I get compliments on them all the time, although it wasn’t so awesome to wear them when I was 14.  I grew up wearing t-shirts, shorts, and skirts of my sister’s.  Among other sisterly items,  I wore her prom dress for a show choir performance in 8th grade and I remember feeling so bold and empowered knowing that I was in my sister’s dress.  A girl I grew up with used to pass me all her old jeans, as she was six inches too tall for them by the time I needed them, it was a perfect arrangement.

I think it’s important for kids to grow up knowing that 1. They aren’t the only one wearing hand-me-downs and 2. Enjoy them! They’re awesome, not shameful.

This book is absolutely a must have.  On top of the fabulous poetry singing the praises of used clothes are the beautiful illustrations.  In the spirit of the content, the pictures have a soft, cozy feel.  There’s kind of a Holly Hobby look to Barton’s work that I love, like a 20 year old patchwork quilt gone through the wash too many times.  You look at the page and see the softness of a really soft t-shirt circa 1975, organic cotton, or even a fuzzy flannel.  I want to wrap myself in the images, the little button flowers and all.

I checked this book out from the Harris County Public Library, but I can’t wait to purchase a copy of our very own.

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