Rosie and the Pre-Loved Dress by Leanne Hatch

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Summary:  Rosie falls in love with a dress while visiting the thrift store with her mom.  When she gets home with it, she discovers a name on the tag: Mila.  Imagining what Mila might be like, Rosie shows readers a lot about herself: she likes purple nail polish, mismatched socks, skateboarding, origami, and tortilla chips on her tuna sandwiches.  Rosie wears the dress every day until one day it feels too tight.  She considers other uses for it, like decorating her room or putting it on her stuffed giraffe, but ultimately decides to let it go.  Before she takes it back to the thrift shop, she adds her name to the tag.  The last few pages show Rosie falling in love with another thrifted item and another girl looking happy to discover the dress.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A sweet story about a girl with many interests and passions who also learns a lesson about passing on something she loves when it no longer is right for her.

Cons:  As the mother of a daughter who just returned from hiking 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail in one shirt, I can vouch for the fact that it’s good to change your clothes once in a while.

2 thoughts on “Rosie and the Pre-Loved Dress by Leanne Hatch

  1. We need more stories that normalize wearing second-hand clothing! I’m glad to see that starting to show up more in books for kids as well as adults. Thanks for your reviews!


  2. I’m a big fan of thrift stores and freely share with my students that I buy my clothes there. I enjoyed this book as well. Did you have to burn your daughter’s shirt? Mine came back from camp one year having worn only one pair of underwear. Couldn’t be saved!


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