The tiny woman makes a coat of leaves with the help of friends in this vibrant rhyming tale. The trees, geese, porcupine, horse and plants all share something so the tiny woman can snip, snip, snip and stitch, stitch, stitch a coat to keep herself warm.

Resourcefulness and friendship are at the heart of this simple rhythmic poem by one of the world’s best children’s writers. Buoyant and satisfying to read aloud, this small book will leave the reader snug as a bug.

by Joy Cowley & Giselle Clarkson


  • The Times Children’s Book of the Week


“An inventive and delightful tale that evokes Thumbelina, The Borrowers, and other beloved wee characters.” – Kirkus Reviews


“Simply constructed and written, Joy Cowley’s folksy story is sheer delight to share and also, with its repeat patterned text, ideal for beginning readers.” – Red Reading Hub


“Using lyrical and atmospheric rhyming verse, this highly illustrated story explores themes of sustainability, loyalty and ingenuity.” – The School Reading List


“This is a lovely story of cooperation, of resourcefulness, of sharing and working together, of asking for help and finding it. Class will be encouraged to discuss size and shape, seasons of the year and above all resourcefulness and kindness as the little woman finds what she needs in the garden.” – ReadPlus


Gecko Press | hc | 28 pp | 206 x 206 mm | 2021 | 2+

Rights sold: Italian (Storiedichi Edizioni)



Q&A with Joy Cowley