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Pelle's New Suit

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  24 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Floris Books (first published 1912)
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Gundula
May 02, 2015 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Elsa Beskow, children who like old-fashioned family tales
I read Pelle's New Suit in French, Paul et son habit neuf (because my library happened to have only the French version at the time), and I love both the story and the illustrations; they are sweet, gentle and engaging. I have always enjoyed 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 ...more
Miriam
This book shows how a little boy got his new suit back before ready-to-wear clothing. But making a new suit is not just about the steps of preparing and spinning the wool, it is also about the cooperative exchange of skills and labor that occurred in small communities. Pelle raises the lamb himself and shears it, but then must ask a series of relatives and neighbors for assistance in the multiple steps of making the wool into thread, the thread into cloth, cloth into suit, etc. In exchange he he ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Pelle, a young Swedish boy, has a lamb which he cares for himself. When he begins to outgrow his coat, he shears the lamb and seeks help from his family and community to card, spin, weave, dye, and sew the wool into a suit, trading chores for the help that others give him. Finally he puts on his new suit and thanks the lamb for the wool, while all the people who have participated in the project look on.

The illustrations in this story are charming, and the story is delightful on many levels. In c
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Stacey Orlando
Pelle's New Suit was the story of a little boy from Sweden and his own lamb he cares for. One day the young boy decides he would fancy a brand new suit. Pelle then shears all the wool off his little lamb and seeks assistance in making his dream suit a reality. He visits his two grandmonthers and his one grandfather to help him with preparing and dying the wool. He goes home to his mother and asks of her to weave the new yarn into cloth. Every adult Pelle needed help from also sought help from hi ...more
Ashley
This was a childhood favorite of mine. Reading it as an adult with my daughter has been a sweet experience and she has come to love it as well. There are many wonderful things about this book (beautiful illustrations, simple story line, sweet human/animal relationships, repetition - which appeals to a young audience) but I think the most fascinating thing is that it demonstrates where a piece of wool clothing comes from. In our modern world, we forget the amount of effort and the number of steps ...more
Jane G Meyer
Sep 01, 2014 Jane G Meyer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wee little folk
I checked this sweet book out at the library and plan on purchasing a copy of my own. With my youngest being five, there are so many wonderful lessons hidden in this short story. Pelle's desire for a new suit sends him down a chore-filled path of raking hay, tending cows, feeding pigs and so on... and all the while the young reader gets to see how cloth is made and learn that just because you're small doesn't mean you can't get things done... More than that, it's not really a book that's all abo ...more
SmokingMirror
4.5
A classic.
Sarah
This is a simple and charming story about a boy who needs a new suit and the way he gets it. By exchanging services, Pelle gets each step of the process completed: carding the wool, spinning it, weaving the fabric. He doesn't have the skills needed, but others in his community do, and he's able to offer his strengths to them: raking, feeding pigs, rowing a boat. Love the connection between desire for something and the work required to get it. Swedish author/illustrator.
Cindi
I just loved this sweet story and adorable illustrations. About a boy who outgrows his suit and needs a new one. He shears his sheep and the book takes the reader through the process of getting a suit out of wool. I liked it especially because the boy takes his wool from place to place asking for help. Help is always given in exchange for him doing some work. In the end he has a beautiful new suit and thanks his sheep for it!
Laser
May 06, 2007 Laser rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: knitters with kids
Shelves: childrens
Elsa Beskow wrote and illustrated most of her books around the 1920's. This one, about a little boy and his lamb and some wool is my favorite. All of her books are charming, imaginative and pro-nature. Why is it that all the best childrens books come from Europe?
Natalie
Pelle gets a new suit, but he doesn't go to the store to buy it. He shears the sheep and then barters for all the other work needed to make the suit, carding the wool, spinning it, getting dye to dye it, and finally having the suit made.
Sarah
Jun 28, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kept
This is a book from my childhood that my mother was getting rid of; so I grabbed it and absorbed it into my own library. :D

A young shepherd takes wool from his flock and barters various skills to have it made into a new suit.
Anna
I haven't even seen this book but the brilliant iPhone app thought I rated it when I was just trying to scroll through... I can't figure out how to go back to no rating so I guess now I'll have to get the book & properly rate it!
Morgan Djuna Sorais Harrigan
Go on a journey with Pelle while he creates a suit from start to finish with his small town's help. This is a sweet story full of good lessons.
Suzie
Ran out of renewals at the library on this one, and Hannah simply won't be parted from it. Time to make a purchase . . .
Kelly
Excellent and simple tale of the steps hard-working Pelle takes to get his new suit made from his lamb's wool.
Rachel
For brainwashing the children I love to support local enterprise and be nice to animals. And it's just a good story.
Polly
By no means the best of Elsa Beskow's picture books, but quite charming nonetheless.
Kim McKay
How could a gardening, textile artist, shepherd mama not love this book?
jane
Read to me by my father. A Swedish children's book. A favorite.
Jen
Fine book of determination and doing things for others.
Mikanchin
楽しいお話です。
読み聞かせにいいと思います。

Sara
very cute children book!
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