Saturday, February 19, 2011

A New Coat for Anna

In A New Coat for Anna (c. 1986), Harriet Zierfert crafts a beautiful story revived from the ashes of war-torn Europe.   The story repeats: "Anna needs a new coat."  However, "no one had any money" and "the stores remained empty."  In our fast-paced, need-it-now world, here's a story that celebrates the joy of an endeavor realized after the long contribution of ingenuity and patience.  As you read this to your little one, follow the crafting of Anna's coat through the tasks of the shepherd, the spinner, the dyers, the weaver, and the tailor.  And appreciate the historical hardships depicted in Anita Lobel's illustrations.

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