Country music legend Dolly Parton brings her beloved classic to life in "Coat of Many Colors," a new picture book for young readers with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton Hughes and featuring a downloadable exclusive original song by Parton, "Making Fun Ain't Funny."
The book, published by Grosset & Dunlap, is on sale Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Using lyrics from her classic song "Coat of Many Colors," and inspired by Parton's rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the picture book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton's trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes her coat was made with love "in every stitch."
Francesco Sedita, president and publisher at Grosset & Dunlap, said, "As someone who grew up listening to Dolly Parton with my family, having this very special opportunity to work on the 'Coat of Many Colors' picture book has been a lifelong dream come true. The book - and the song, of course - really speaks to how important family and community is. And how vital it is to respect those around us and to be grateful for what we have. I believe this book is one that will be passed down for generations to come."
"Coat of Many Colors" is the latest project in Parton's longtime mission to support childhood literacy. In 1988, she began the Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, care more and be more. The foundation's signature program is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which works with local sponsors to give every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. The Imagination Library has gifted over 80 million books in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia.
Following the publication of "Coat of Many Colors," NBC will air the sequel to last year's TV movie, "Coat of Many Colors," with "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love." In it, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever - with deepened faith and love for one another.
An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," and her mega-hit "I Will Always Love You." She has garnered seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton is an instantly recognizable American icon. She is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.