Pelle has a lamb whose coat grows longer and longer, while Pelle's Sunday suit grows shorter!
Pelle shears the lamb, and the wool is carded, spun, dyed and woven.
Finally, the tailor makes a new suit for Pelle. This is a wonderful book to help children understand where their clothes come from and the traditional craft of working with wool.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 30 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Floris Books
- Publication Date: 01/09/1989
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780863150920
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Review by sohostitch
With so many children today disconnected from the origon of the products we consume this is a delightful story with beautiful illustrations of how Pelle shears his lamb and helps with all the steps needed to turn the fleece into a fine new suit.
Review by gundulabaehre
I read <u>Pelle's New Suit</u> in French, <u>Paul et son habit neuf</u> (because my library only had the French version), and I loved both the story and the illustrations; they are sweet, gentle and engaging. I have always loved Elsa Beskow's picture books, not only because of the wonderful Jugendstil-like illustrations, but even more so because there is such a loving, respectful attitude towards children and children's abilities and responsibilities present in her stories. Children are neither approached as irresponsible and completely dependent on adult guidance, nor are they portrayed as miniature adults; they are children, but they do have responsibilities and can be trusted with household and farm chores and work.Pelle (Paul in the French version) does get his new Sunday suit, but in order to get the wool from his lamb to the taylor, he has to not only ask the people around him (Pelle's family and acquaintances) for favours, he also has to do favours for them to reciprocate. Thus, his one grandmother cards the wool, and in exchange, Pelle weeds her garden; his other grandmother spins the carded wool, while Pelle watches over her cows. I love the give and take of <u>Pelle's New Suit</u> and I also appreciate the fact that Pelle is seen as mature enough to raise and care for a lamb, weed his grandmother's garden, take a boat across the lake on an errand for the painter and so on. Recommended for fans of Elsa Beskow and children who enjoy sweet and engaging, old-fashioned family stories.