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A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
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A New Coat for Anna

by Harriet Ziefert, Anita Lobel (Illustrator)

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I'm sure other reviews are more thorough. I certainly think it's a worthwhile book, and sort of enjoyable, worth 3.5 stars. But I just can't look at the cover picture (of the edition I read) and not think about the very high likelihood that those sheep are going to eat the buttons right off the coat - they do that, you know! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This picture book is about a young girl who needs a new coat. Her mother doesn't have the money to purchase one so she has to barter for the materials for the craftsmen to create a new coat. Set during WWll in a European country, people are financially struggling to meet needs in a post war economies in torn nations. The struggles that families go through due to a financial crisis and lost of a family member are one of the theme present in this book. With a setting present in a book, it heightens suspense as the reader wonders what happens next. Overall, very simplistic and easy to read. ( )
  jhcao20 | Feb 4, 2016 |
40 months - A beautiful book about hard times and truly understanding what it takes to make a piece of clothing from the cost to the number of individuals and the steps involved. We will have to read this one again. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
A small book, packing a lot of power. Set in post WWII, it is obvious that people are financially struggling. Anna lives with her father. While it isn't mentioned, the reader wonders if perhaps her father was killed in the war. Anna is growing and needs a coat. With no money to purchase a new one, Anna's mother barters her precious possessions to have wool from sheep to make the coat, to have someone take the wool and spin it, to have someone weave the cloth, and then to find a tailor to make the beautiful red coat.

This is a story of patience, of love and of sacrifice.
  Whisper1 | May 19, 2015 |
The book is for young readers and is particularly interesting because on the surface it appears to just be a simple story about a young girl and her adventure to get a new coat. However, it also appears to be set in a European country after a major war. Clear connections can be made to post-war economies in war torn nations and the struggles they must go through in order to get what they need. The main character Anna also appears to have lost her father in the war. While it's not really talked about in the story, he is clearly not present and they trade his gold watch that was left to her mother. Again, the hardships that families must, at times, endure is a theme presented in this story. This book is deeper than it appears. Also, it can definitely be relatable to some students who may have lost parents for any reason and now see their family struggle to make ends meet and get the things they need.
  pbailey1980 | May 16, 2013 |
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A book based on a true story is best dedicated to those whose reality provided the raw material.
For Ingeborg Schraft Hoffman, M.D. who waited many months for a new coat and who showed it to me some twenty-five years later.
And in memory of her mother, Hanna Schraft, who at the start of it all had nothing - save her persistence and determination - and who in the end fashioned a beautiful gift. H.Z.
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Winter had come and Anna needed a new coat.
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Illus. in full color. "A fresh and moving story of a mother's dedication to acquire a coat for her daughter in post-World War II hard times. Anna's mother decides to trade the few valuables she has left for wool and for the services of a spinner, a weaver, and a tailor. Lobel's pictures do a tremendous job of evoking the period. Insightful and informative, this may make children consider how precious the ordinary can become in times of turmoil."--(starred) Booklist.  

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Even though there is no money, Anna's mother finds a way to make Anna a badly needed winter coat.

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