Children Books About Sewing

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I would like to tell you about three great children books which all have sewing as a central theme: How The Mole Got His Trousers by Zdeněk Miler (we have it also in board book edition), Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow and Bruno the Taylor by Lars Klinting.  In all three books the main character sets out to make himself some new clothes and the reader is taken through the process. My boys love all of them and they sparked quite a few discussions about making our own fabric and cloths. Last summer we even planted some flax seeds in our garden  – no, we didn’t make linen, but we thoroughly examined the plant.

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How The Mole Got His Trousers by Zdeněk Miler: The little mole needs a pair of trousers with big pockets for all his precious possessions. He learns to take care of the flax plant and how to make linen from it. The animals around him are helping with harvesting, spinning, weaving, cutting and sewing. This story is originally a movie. It was Miler’s first movie about the little Mole and is very worth seeing.

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Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow: This book is about the  little boy Pelle who outgrew his cloths. He owns a sheep and the book shows how Pelle cuts the sheep’s wool and how family members help him to comp, spin, color and weave the wool in exchange for him taking over some chores. And finally the tailor makes him a wonderful new suit.  The beautifully illustrated books by Elsa Beskow are a treat for all children (and parents)!

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Bruno the Taylor by Lars Klinting: The beaver  Bruno (or Kasimir how he is called in German) needs a new apron. He selects fabric from his stash, washes it, makes himself a pattern and sews the apron. At each step it is explained what is needed, including some sewing tips and at the end instructions for how to make an apron oneself. The Swedish author created a series of books about the beaver creating or crafting different things (Bruno the Baker, Bruno the Carpenter, and others) and each time the reader is taken through the process and left with accessible do-it-your-self instructions.

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Book: Die gelben Augen der Krokodile

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Die gelben Augen der Krokodile by Katherine Pancol. I read this book in German, I could not find an English version. The original is French (Les Yeux Jaunes des Crocodiles).

I really enjoyed reading this book! And when I turned the last page I was sorry to say good-bye to the characters I got to know over the course of 600 pages. The sequel (Der langsame Walzer der Schildkröten) is now out in German in hardcover, but I decided to wait until it is available in paperback and I am definitely looking forward to meet again with Josephine and her family.

At the centre of the book is  Josephine, mother of two, an expert in 12th century history, working at the university. Her knowledge and skills are dismayed and undervalued by her family and surrounding, not only because she does not believe in herself. The book accompanies her on her path of gaining strength and blossoming into a successful writer. The characters are vivid and (mostly) believable. And the story has a feel-good element which makes it a pleasant read.

If you like stories about women who’s strength and talent are unrecognized by themselves and others and who grow as a result of circumstances and prevail at the end, then you might like this book!