Editorial Reviews

Praise for Paula’s Patches

“Bright colors and cheery patterns enhance this heartfelt story about overcoming shame and embracing individuality.”—Foreword Reviews, Starred Review

“Sensitive to children’s fear of ridicule, the story shows how a creative solution for one person's problem can have positive ripple effects, helping others as well.”—Booklist

Paula’s Patches is heartfelt tale of solving a dilemma through creativity and positivity. An inspiring take on a relatable experience for many young readers.”—Karina Nicole González author of the award-winning The Coquíes Still Sing

“A child’s worries over torn trousers prompt unexpected creativity in Aldeman’s sensitive picture book debut.”—Publishers Weekly

“Aldeman’s sweet, relatable book and lovable protagonist Paula will inspire empathy and creative problem solving in even the youngest readers. A great book for home, school, or library, it even has back matter with easy projects for budding sewers!”—Alliah L. Agostini, author of Big Tune: Rise of the Dancehall Prince and the award-winning The Juneteenth Story

“A sweet, heartwarming story that touches on a range of big feelings—embarrassment, struggle, ingenuity, and finally pride. Engaging text and vibrant illustrations make this a perfect addition to any library.”—Debra Kempf Shumaker, author of Tell Someone, Freaky Funky Fish, and Peculiar Primates

“A rip, a spill, or a tear might ruin anyone’s day, but not Paula’s! In Paula’s Patches, we discover how one creative kid solves the problem while learning about visible mending too!”—Adriana Hernández Bergstrom, author-illustrator of Abuelita and I Make Flan

Paula’s Patches  is a beautiful text that will reassure all readers that the clothes they wear should not be a source of embarrassment. But most importantly, I see it as a testament to the power of creative thinking as a problem-solving tool. As a mom, tree hugger, hand-me-down enthusiast, and author, I am so excited to read this book to my daughter and I cannot wait to see what other stories Gabriella Aldeman is stitching up.”—Alyssa Reynoso-Morris, author of Plátanos Are Love

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