"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel


Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

Every Wednesday is Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young!

Every Thursday is Literacy Tip Day, where I offer literacy suggestions for your children based upon my teaching and parenting experience.

Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

01 June 2010

Book Review #8 - A New Coat for Anna

A New Coat for Anna (Dragonfly Books)

A New Coat for Anna
by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by Anita Lobel

"Winter had come and Anna needed a new coat.  The fuzzy blue coat that she had worn for so many winters was no longer fuzzy and it was very small."

Summary:  A little girl named Anna and her mother decide that Anna needs a new winter coat.  With no money and in the midst of a war, Anna and her mother must trade personal possessions in exchange for the materials and services needed to acquire a new coat.  Patiently, Anna must wait an entire year for her coat to be crafted.  Her waiting is rewarded with a beautiful, red coat which she can proudly wear.

Mary Elizabeth's Musings:  Harriet Ziefert's touching prose provides a springboard for a strikingly unique setting and theme for a children's book, and Anita Lobel's warm illustrations are a perfect match for this absolutely lovely story.  The book offers a beautiful lesson in patience and interdependence as the reader awaits the making of Anna's coat.  Children who read this book will truly appreciate the time and effort that is invested in making clothing - an incredible lesson in contrast to today's fast-paced, mass-merchandising world.  This book is for children ages 6 and up.

Also by Harriet Ziefert:

Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies (Lift-the-Flap, Puffin)41 Uses for a GrandmaSisters are for Making Sandcastles (Picture Puffins)When the TV Broke (Easy-to-Read, Puffin)

Also illustrated by Anita Lobel:

Alison's ZinniaNo Pretty Pictures: A Child of WarPotatoes, PotatoesOne Lighthouse, One MoonNini Here and There

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P/S...Since I am on vacation, I am not going to have a mystery children's author or illustrator this week.  Back next week!


Jess said...

Following you from TTA! :)

Elizabeth said...

love your site layout, the books look really cool! I'm just stopping by and following ya...come check out my site too...



hannah said...

A new follower from Tuesday!

The1stdaughter said...

I hope you're having a fabulous vacation! This book looks delightful! It's funny, but I think I may have read it before...it just looks so familiar. Maybe I have and can't place it. Either way, I'd love to pick it up. Thank you for sharing!

K.M. Weiland said...

Great book, great review. Love the Peanuts comic at the top of your blog!

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