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Old Jake's Skirts Old Jake Has Done What He Can To Locate The Owner Of The Trunk He Found Lying In The Road When Jake Finally Opens The Trunk, He Is Puzzled By What He Finds Inside Cotton Calico Skirts Surprisingly, They Go A Long Way Toward Brightening Up The Farm And Old Jake Himself


10 thoughts on “Old Jake's Skirts

  1. says:

    Old Jake s Skirts by C Anne Scott and David Slonim is an excellent picturebook It s fun, clever, enjoyable to look at, and even treats somemature themes with expert skill and tenderness The book recounts the story of Old Jake, an old, antisocial hermit who lives in a backwater farm that is plagued by, well, plagues from year to year His life consists of trying to scrape out a living growing pumpkins, surviving the said plagues, and, wshittling chunks of wood However, this all change Old Jake s Skirts by C Anne Scott and David Slonim is an excellent picturebook It s fun, clever, enjoyable to look at, and even treats somemature themes with expert skill and tenderness The book recounts the story of Old Jake, an old, antisocial hermit who lives in a backwater farm that is plagued by, well, plagues from year to year His life consists of trying to scrape out a living growing pumpkins, surviving the said plagues, and, wshittling chunks of wood However, this all changes when he encounters a strange trunk in the middle of the street After putting out a lost notice and waiting a few months, Jake finally opens the trunk to find.skirts Bright, vibrant, calico skirts Old Jake, not being one to waste a resource, uses the skirts to help him around the house As he uses the skirts, they start to change his heart The story eventually comes to a head as Jake must confront the original owners of the trunk, and it is a meeting that tugs at the heartstrings Bestowed with Scott s wonderful writing creative writing skills and Slonim s characteristic illustrations, Old Jake s Skirts is an exceptional book One of the things that I love about this book is the fact that Scott doesn t need to directly tell us who Old Jake is She lets Jakes words, actions and expressions tell us about him We hear his western accent from the first Watcha rekon it is he speaks He is handy from the patchwork he does with the skirts and his whittling, yet he is rather antisocial He likes to get to the store first, buy his things, and clear out before the town talkers arrived for their morning round of gossip However, we see that Old Jake himself is a rather good person in both the way he treats his dog, Shoestring, and the way that he thoughtfully, yet awkardly, leaves a found note for the trunk that he finds We feel for him as we see him see and touch the foreign beauty of the skirts for the first time We know that it is perhaps the only thing of beauty that has been on the place for a long time We also see Jake s insecurity by his quickly shutting the trunk and throwing it into the corner after thinking that perhaps he let out mischevious spirits by opening it And, though there are many examples of the personification and creation of character through various literary devices, my favorite is found on near the end, when we finally glimpse what Jake has been whittling We read that the oldest carvings are of dogs, and guns, and long bearded men while the newer ones are of roses and doves and dolls This implicit characterization masterfully tells the tale of Jake s transformation after having encountered the skirts I, personally, thought that it was a really nice, yet subtle, touch, and a great way to express a theme of the book without hitting us over the head with it That said, I also respect Scott and Slonim for how they handled the theme of death that appears in the book For the sake of not spoiling anything I will be limiting myself to describing literary and illustrative devices, without touching the storyline Up to the point of the introduction of the theme, the illustrations are rather impressionistic, not realistic The depictions of Jake, Shoestring, and the other characters are done in such a way that they verge on being of a cartoon style However, when the theme of death approaches, we see a subtle shift in artistic style Those associated with the theme are drawn in a comparatively realistic fashion One practically feels the contrast between the newcomers and the familiar characters, yet the contrast is not so great as to break the suspension of disbelief In the actual treating of the theme, we see that, much as in life, the actual problem of death is not solved There is no magical revivification or other solution We do see, thougth, that, even though death hurts, comfort can be found, as it is found for some of the characters I interpreted that after death, life isn t the same, but we can find ways of moving on Needless to say, this part of the story will impact both children and adults, yet not adversely It helps us come to terms with these things I would suggest reading this book whether one is experienced with death or not, just to bring up the subject and prepare one deal with it, for it will touch us all one day Though the theme of death is a secondary one in this book, I think that it is a great example of how it should be treated in children s literature Old Jake s Skirts is a great book for anyone of any age group It is fun, yet profound Read it soon


  2. says:

    A book like this is definitely worth some type of honorable mention but, alas, it does not have one Slonim, as usual, has created stunning illustrations that I want to look at over and over again.


  3. says:

    Upper Elementary Old Jake was not a very social man, and he felt that every year his farm was plagued by something One day, he found a trunk on the road He put up a sign for someone to claim it, but they never did Eventually, he opened the trunk and found it was filled with beautiful skirts He had to use them in a rainstorm, but then, he found other uses for them overalls, feed sacks, scarecrow A man and his daughter came to claim the trunk and skirts, but Jake apologized and said he ha Upper Elementary Old Jake was not a very social man, and he felt that every year his farm was plagued by something One day, he found a trunk on the road He put up a sign for someone to claim it, but they never did Eventually, he opened the trunk and found it was filled with beautiful skirts He had to use them in a rainstorm, but then, he found other uses for them overalls, feed sacks, scarecrow A man and his daughter came to claim the trunk and skirts, but Jake apologized and said he had used all but one He gave the last skirt and one of his carvings to the little girl The skirts had changed Jake s life for the better


  4. says:

    A reclusive pumpkin farmer finds an abandoned steamer trunk filled with cotton calico skirts which he eventually uses around the house in ways which seem to bring him luck.


  5. says:

    Alissa calls this the Shoestring story The artwork is excellent


  6. says:

    Sweet story Fun voices Priceless illustrations.


  7. says:

    A kind story and took me back to the picture books I read as a kid. I felt attached to Jake by the end and I felt like I knew him In addition, the art is stunning I love the skirts


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