Pelle's New Suit, Hardback
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A mini gift edition of Elsa Beskow's classic story.

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: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Floris Books
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  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780863155840



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When Pelle - the eponymous little hero of this classic Swedish picture-book, first published in 1912 as <u>Pelles nya kläder</u> - begins to outgrow his suit, he looks to his lamb for the solution to his problem. Shearing the lamb of its fleece, Pelle appeals to his grandmother for help in carding the wool - something she is willing to do, if he will weed her carrot patch for her. Having obtained the carded wool, Pelle next appeals to his other grandmother, asking her help in spinning the wool into yarn. She too is willing, if Pelle will tend to her cows for her. And so it goes, with Pelle exchanging his services - from running errands to babysitting his sister - for the skilled aid of the adults around him, until finally, he has a brand new suit!The narrative of this one reminded me a bit of a folktale - the kind in which the hero or heroine must arrange a series of exchanges, in order to eventually gain what they want - with the added benefit of providing an educational 'summary' of how cloth and clothing was made, before the advent of mass production. The simple text appears below each page-sized illustration, on the right, with a facing page that is entirely blank. Such an abundance of white space might be overwhelming in some books, but here the overall effect is one of unrushed peace - a feeling well-suited to this gentle tale, with its sweet illustrations. Recommended to anyone who enjoys Elsa Beskow's artwork, or is looking for a gentle tale that emphasizes the importance of give and take, and working for what you want.