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Coco and the Little Black Dressby Annemarie van Haeringen
Publication: North South Books Inc. on September 30th 2015
Genres: Biography, Children's Fiction, Non-Fiction
"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.
This petite tome is a charming take on the life of famous French fashion designer Coco Chanel. The illustrations are minimalist and every bit as fashionable and chic as the subject matter would warrant. The sentences were short–as is typical of children’s books–but I felt some of the words used were more difficult than appropriate for the intended age group. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read with important, valuable lessons to learn.
While the wording felt a bit clumsy at times, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book–and learned a thing or two about the famous fashion designer in the process! I like Annemarie van Haeringen’s take on a biographical non-fiction children’s book, and would gladly read more like it in the future. I wouldn’t hesitate to share this quick read with fashion enthusiasts young or old.