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Pelle's New Suit

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  582 ratings  ·  54 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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Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Elsa Beskow, children who like old-fashioned family tales
I decided to read Elsa Beskow's delightful Pelle's New Suit in French, as Paul et son habit neuf because our public library system happens to have only the French version (and I am actively trying not to purchase so many picture books, mostly due to an ever-increasing lack of shelf space), and I absolutely adore both the presented narrative and the accompanying illustrations; they are sweet, gentle, and realistically engaging. I have always enjoyed Elsa Beskow's picture books, not only because ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
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
When Pelle - the eponymous little hero of this classic Swedish picture-book, first published in 1912 as Pelles nya kläder - 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 yar ...more
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Swedish tale is beautifully written and illustrated. I loved how Pelle when through the steps of creating his new suit, from shearing his lamb for wool, carding, spinning, weaving, dying, tailoring, etc. I also loved the work he did to help others who helped him in the process of making his new blue suit. My granddaughter was fascinated with the stages of the creation of his suit. The illustrations are gorgeous. A new book to love! One of the reviewers mentioned that it's available in Frenc ...more
This title was new to me so I didn't know what to expect. I loved the way the steps were delineated for making a suit, starting with a furry lamb. And we learn Pelle's role in each of the steps. Here's a brief outline:
1) shear a lamb -- Pelle cuts his pet's wooly coat
2) comb the wool -- Pelle's grandmother does this while Pelle tends her garden
3) spin the wool -- Pelle's other grandmother does this while Pelle watches the cows
4) dye the wool -- Pelle earns the money for the dye by doing an erran
Sarah Middlestead
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such lovely illustrations.
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Got this book as a little kid, beautiful pictures and teaching a working moral
Kristen Eckhardt
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Category/Genre: Picture Book
Age Level: Pre K-3rd Grade
Reading Level: 1st/2nd grade, approximately

“Pelle’s New Suit” is by Elsa Beskow, one of Sweden’s best-loved author/illustrators for children in the early 20th century. It tells the story of little Pelle, a Swedish country boy, who is able to get a fine wool suit made for himself from his sheep’s wool. The book is a simply told, beautifully illustrated how-to on how wool actually became clothing in days of old, when people raised animals and u
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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Pelle has outgrown his suit so he decides he needs a new one. Many people offer to help him with his new suit in exchange for something they need help with. Over the course of one week, Pelle's lamb gives him wool which his grandmother cards for him in exchange for weeding her garden. His other grandma spins the wool and Pelle tends her cows...and so on and so forth until on Sunday, Pelle has a new suit to wear to church.

Identify the characteristics from the text that support t
Shanna Gonzalez
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
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
This book was a gift from my friend Judith, and I've read it through several times but had never logged it in Goodreads before.

I've been reading through some of the small books I have lying around just as fun little detours from my main reads.

The book is so sweet and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I would definitely recommend this as a gift to anyone with a textile hobby - knitters, spinners, dyers, weavers, seamstresses and tailors - of any age. And of course any child, as it teache
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Lovely illustrations, then again I’m a Beskow fan. This is a story about a boy who has outgrown his clothes (something familiar to most children), and the work he exchanges with various people along the way to getting new ones. While children today may not wear the same kinds of everyday clothes and certainly don’t barter their way through each step of getting them made, the story is a lovely way to see how many different steps it takes to get from the sheep wearing the wool to a piece of clothi ...more
Leslie DiFranco
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have had this book at my house for years. It was a discarded copy from my first school library job in 1999, I just thought it was so beautiful I couldn't give it away! I read it today with my 2 1/2 year old grand daughter who was mesmerized by it. The pictures are beautiful, the story is about giving and sharing and working for what you have. And appreciation! The boy thanks his sheep for the wool. So sweet and lovely.
This copy has no date of publication, I think it's pretty old, possibly the
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My boys love this book. We've read it several times a week for several years and they still don't tire of the story. Beautiful pictures, lovely translation. And a wonderful story of childhood independence and hard work.
Read-Aloud Revival recommendation for May picture books.
Laura Molinario
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Picture Book
Jennifer Strong
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, 2018
One of my favorites done by Beskow!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming story about a community coming together and teaching the values of hard work to get what you want.
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful images, and good story.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great book for showing the cycle of wool!
Riani Halim
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Besides the lovely illustration, I like the message in this book that nothing comes for free. And it's always nice to give sincere gratitude to those who had helped us.
Lisa Bittle
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love these books. Teach old fashion concepts with great and colorful illustrations.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Stacey Orlando
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Thank you very much for my new suit, little lamb.", 25 February 2016

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This is one of those children's books that could become a family heirloom as it's utterly gorgeous! Doesn't include any of the fairies that often feature in Elsa Beskow's work: this is the more down to earth tale of little Pelle, owner of a lamb, who is growing out of his clothes.
"The lamb's coat grew longer and longer, but Pelle's coat only grew
Jane G Meyer
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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!
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, kidlit
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.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book for children around 5 years old and up. The illustrations are really cute and the plot is simple enough for a young children yet detailed enough for someone older.
It's great to see the process of making a woollen suit from sheep's back to tailor's shop and all the help that is traded along the way. This could be a good conversation starter about many good topics. I loved it so much I bought a big version for my child's teacher.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and their parents
This is a beautiful little book for children. Pelle is a very hard worker and he trades his work for carding wool, and spinning wool, and the dye to color the wool. Then he works for his mother as she weaves the wool into cloth. He works hard for the tailor and he has his new suit!! Delightful story from which children can learn the lesson of work and the process of making wool into clothing.
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