A small and cosy book leaving preschoolers snug as a bug, from award-winning author, Joy Cowley.

The Times Children’s Book of the Week.

The tiny woman makes a coat of leaves with the help of her animal friends. 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.

Friendship and sharing are at the heart of this warm and simple rhythmic poem by one of the world’s best children’s writers. A perfectly cosy hardback storybook to read-aloud and share with babies, toddlers and preschoolers who will delight in everything tiny and small, including the fresh and funny illustrations by award-winning illustrator Giselle Clarkson.

“Now I have a new favourite cosy read to add to my collection.” —The Times.


Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and adults, and her stories are loved around the world. She has won a multitude of awards and honours for her bestselling books, including the Prime Minister's Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

Giselle Clarkson is an illustrator and comic artist based in New Zealand. She illustrated Egg and Spoon: An Illustrated Cookbook by Alexandra Tylee which won the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and The Gobbledegook Book: A Joy Cowley Anthology.


Now I have a new favourite cosy read to add to my collection … Giselle Clarkson’s evocative illustrations tell another story of the powers of collectivism.

The Times

An inventive and delightful tale that evokes Thumbelina, The Borrowers, and other beloved wee characters.

Kirkus Reviews

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