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Illus. in full color. "A fresh and moving story of a mother's dedication toacquire a coat for her daughter in post-World War II hard times. Anna's motherdecides to trade the few valuables she has left for wool and for the servicesof a spinner, a weaver, and a tailor. Lobel's pictures do a tremendous job ofevoking the period. Insightful and informative, this may make childrIllus. in full color. "A fresh and moving story of a mother's dedication toacquire a coat for her daughter in post-World War II hard times. Anna's motherdecides to trade the few valuables she has left for wool and for the servicesof a spinner, a weaver, and a tailor. Lobel's pictures do a tremendous job ofevoking the period. Insightful and informative, this may make children considerhow precious the ordinary can become in times of turmoil."--(starred) "Booklist. "...

Title : A New Coat for Anna
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ISBN : 9780394898612
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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A New Coat for Anna Reviews

  • Jessaka
    2019-04-30 19:22

    This was based on a true story, during the aftermath of WWll in the Netherlands, about a mother's love and sacrifice for her daughter during a time when people had no money to spend.Such a lovely story. A young girl named Anna has grown out of her coat and her mother finds a way to provide her with a new one by Christmas. She barters.She takes one of her own treasures to a farmer to buy the wool, another to a spinner who spins it into yarn, and then another of her treasures goes to a weaver, and last of all one to a tailor who makes it into a coat. At Christmas she bakes a cake and invites them all to come for a party on Christmas Eve.Note: When I read this I remembered how I always wanted a red coat, because I had seen a picture of a young girl wearing one at Christmas time. A few years ago I bought myself one, but I felt too conspicuous in it, so I gave it away to someone who needed one and got myself a tan trench coat. Now I still book conspicuous but more like a spy.

  • Raevyn Oswald
    2019-05-19 15:26

    This was completely clean! I liked it a lot. When I have children in the future, you can be sure that this is one of the books I’ll read to them. :)

  • Kathy Roderer
    2019-05-08 17:39

    This beautifully illustrated picture book opens with an illustration of the skeletal buildings of a post-World War II German city. When the text begins, the reader realizes that it is winter and the child in the story, Anna, needs a new coat for the winter. It is based on a true story, and accurately depicts the problems of the people after the war. Illustrations show the bakery and shops with closed signs, and “no potatoes” next to empty baskets. As the story of Anna’s coat unfolds, over the course of a full year, we are taken to a farmer to get wool from sheep, a woman who spins, a place where red berries grow for the dye, a weaver, and a tailor. With every step of the process, Anna’s mother trades various wares for the goods or services needed for Anna’s coat. Finally, at Christmas, Anna’s mother makes a cake and invites the farmer, spinner, weaver, and tailor to come to Anna’s house to celebrate. The final scene is Anna saying thank you to the sheep. This lovely story not only demonstrates for children the many steps needed to make a coat, but also shows how people have to go without material things during hard times, wait longer to get things, and be creative in using resources. The sense of community in giving Anna her coat is heart warming.

  • Linda
    2019-05-01 17:48

    Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated. Based on a true story, Harriet Ziefert brings to life an enterprising mother who, in post-World War II difficult times, finds a way to trade the few valuable possessions she owns in order to secure the wool and services necessary to give her young daughter Anna a new coat. Anita Lobel's illustrations reflect the time period wonderfully well and allow the young reader to follow along with Anna in the making of the coat. This is a book that I read with my own children through the years and I am always delighted to find it in a bookstore to pass along to another generation.

  • Inhabiting Books
    2019-05-01 21:34

    Based on a true story that takes place just after World War II, in an unnamed European town, A New Coat For Anna is the story of how young Anna's determined, enterprising mother, who doesn't have the money to buy Anna the coat she needs, uses the few fine posessions she has left to barter for the goods and services she needs to make Anna's new coat. She trades with the farmer for his sheeps' wool; she trades with the spinner to spin it to yarn; she trades with the weaver to weave the cloth; she trades with the tailor to sew the coat. The whole process takes a year, and Anna and her mother have to participate in the coat's creation too (carding the wool and dying the yarn using lingonberries.) After the coat is finished, just in time for Christmas of the next year, Anna and her mother invite all the people who helped make Anna's new coat possible to a Christmas celebration.The wonderful, plentiful illustrations by Anita Lobel are perfect for the story, providing enough detail of each stage of the coat's genesis for modern children to understand and feel the work that went into it.I love that this book gives children an insight into true hardship and inventiveness under trying conditions, without resorting to preachiness. My daughters and I love this story. It's a favorite reread at any time of the year, but especially at Christmas.

  • Loren
    2019-05-07 18:24

    makes the reader think of after the war how it impacts average every day (civilans) - stores are empty living in rubble. Not enough $ after affects of war. Not a gloom and doom story the images are very strong. Anna has been wearing the same coat for years (The bartering of the new coat is the uplifting part of the story)a one year process.A story of community ... hopefully, goals and tasks to the goal a new coat. Makes the reader appreciate most of us don't have to make these types of decisons planning for a new coat a year in advance bartering family herilooms. A story of Anna and her mom ... the father is absent (due to the war?) Book has lots of sheep ....

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-05-14 15:32

    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.

    2019-04-26 21:21

    Soothing images and clear, generous text allow us to follow the year-long creation of an overdue winter coat in this true tale of patience, resourcefulness and the quiet optimism of a community emerging from war.You can listen in on our chat about this book on ourJust One More Book! Children's Book Podcast.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-26 21:47

    I love this book. I find that the way it describes Anna and her mother going about getting her coat to be a beautiful example of how life could be, and a way that we could all work together, bartering goods and services to ensure that everyone's needs are being met. There is extensive trading, effort, and appreciation for all people at every stage of this book. It is a beautiful story that I think would be good for everyone child's collection.

  • Karen
    2019-05-15 18:24

    Jacob read this book to us. During the reading he said, "why not just go to the store a buy a coat". That opened up a discussion about the war, trading/bargaining, and the steps it takes to make a coat. What a different life we live here in America where everything is so easy to get..krb 6/28/16Ellie read for November Pizza Hut Reading Challenge..krb 11/6/16 she rates this 3 stars.

  • Becca Holcomb
    2019-05-19 22:22

    This is such a great social studies book. In my second grade placement we were working on the concept of batertering and trading itemns instead of using money to purchase things. Throught the entire story the family baters in order to get Anna a new coat.

  • Judy
    2019-04-25 20:40

    I fully expected to like this story. Anita Lobel's art makes the text come alive. The first image, of a bombed street where people are still living in the buildings, is extremely well done. This is based on a true story, and apparently Ingeborg (Anna's real-life counterpart) still had the coat 25 years later. That should have been part of the story.A similar story, but with more depth is Pelle's New Suit by Elsa Beskow.

  • Diana Thomsen
    2019-05-22 15:42

    This is a tender and moving story about a mother who does everything in her power to provide for her daughter in war-torn Europe during WWII. We read it for Five in a Row. I looked up the woman who's story, according to the author, is told here, and, based on her obituary, I think the story is probably set in Germany. Powerful lesson here about the damage done during war to non-combatants. I liked the story very much and enjoyed the repeated reads...and the pancakes with lingonberry jam!

  • Mommywest
    2019-04-23 20:34

    Set in Germany after the war, this beautiful true story tells of a girl who needs a new coat, and her resourceful mother who, over the course of many months, is able to get the things needed to make that coat by parting with family treasures. It is sobering to realize how much we take for granted, and inspiring to know how resilient we can be in our challenges.

  • Skylar Smith
    2019-05-08 16:43

    This was a great book! This book takes place around war time and shows the struggles of a family. It tears on your emotional strings a little bit because you wish you could help the family in some way. This book is a great example of showing us we take things for granted and how they mean a lot to someone else in need.

  • Kayla
    2019-05-19 21:42

    The text was rather long on most pages. I would keep this in the classroom and read it aloud only to the upper grade levels such as grades 3-5. I thought it was a good book to show how clothes used to be made.

  • Sally
    2019-04-22 19:46

    I liked the concept and the illustrations, but somehow the book felt a little flat to me. But still I would recommend it. It reminded me of Pelle's New Suit, as another reviewer mentioned, with wool instead of flax.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-08 14:34

    I really liked this book. It was a good way to look at the post war through the eyes of a child. Her mom went to great lengths to get her a new coat and everyone pitched in to help. Her mother traded items to the others so they would be able to work.

  • Melissa Namba
    2019-05-06 18:45

    I loved this book. it showed the steps needed to make a cosy abs also showed the sacrificed that her mother had to make in order to pay for it. great for kids!

  • Shorel Kleinert
    2019-04-25 16:32

    Love it!

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-05-04 17:43

    I've loved this book, based on a true story of post-WWII survivors, since it was first published. Anna and her mother have survived the war years intact physically, but with few worldly goods or resources. Anita Lobel's opening spreads reveal Anna in her little blue coat, then one page turn shows her several years later, wearing the same now-too-small and badly tattered coat amid the refugees and relics of her city. The story reveals, in words and images, that Anna and her mother arrived at the end of war considerably more intact than many others, yet unable to get needed supplies, including food. It's her mother's goal to return a degree of normalcy to Anna's life in the form of a new red coat that fits.Anna's mother is a clever woman. Now that war is over she decides to use her few reserved valuables to get Anna that coat. Her bargains and promises extend throughout a full year and the entire community: a watch traded for wool (with months of waiting for the wool to grow and be sheared), a lamp traded for spinning (to be done in warmer weather), the yarn dyed with berries (harvested later in summer), a necklace traded for weaving wool cloth, then a teapot traded to the tailor.This community outreach effort spans a year and provides an excuse to invite all involved to a Christmas gathering that features generous servings of gratitude and Christmas cake. All agree it is the best Christmas in memory. Anna even visits the sheep to thank them for their contributions. The story is permeated with patience, participation, and appreciation of craft and contributions without even a whiff of sentimentality.

  • Volkert
    2019-04-29 16:35

    As the post-war child of a family that suffered through World War II in the Netherlands, I can say that "A New Coat for Anna" has the ring of authenticity. In many ways, it reminds me of first-hand stories I heard from my parents and older siblings about the hardships--and the creativity--of ordinary people during those very difficult years.This well-written story takes the reader through a year in Anna's life, as her mother arranges to have a new coat made by bartering with her neighbors. She trades jewelry for wool, and then a lamp to have it spun. Anna and her mother pick lingonberries together, which they use to dye the yarn red. The bartering continues as the yarn is woven and then tailored into a coat.The story concludes with a Christmas celebration, "the best they had in a long time," where Anna invites the farmer, the spinner, the weaver, and the tailor to enjoy a Christmas cake together. Anna also takes time to thank the sheep on Christmas Day.Even the candles on the tree in Anita Lobel's cozy illustration remind me of the Christmas trees of my childhood. Whenever I share this inspiring tale with children, I wax nostalgic and tell about the candles on our trees."A New Coat for Anna" drives home the harsh realities of war and its impact on the daily lives of children... and their neighbors. But it's done in a heartwarming way. Highly recommended. (Written October 10, 2000.)

  • Megan Cureton
    2019-04-25 14:28

    A New Coat for Anna takes place in the post World War II times. Anna's mother felt bad because she didn't have the money to buy Anna a new coat, but she could trade people items she had in return for the materials and services to make a new coat. Her mother gave her valued items for the wool, services of a spinner, tailor, and weaver in exchange for Anna to get her new coat she needed for winter because hers was old. I really enjoyed this story about Anna and he mother and their journey of making Anna a new coat. I would read this book aloud to my kindergarten through second graders. I think they would enjoy this story about making a coat, and also the process of how a coat is made. From getting the wool, to dying the wool the color you want, and then weaving it into an actual coat is a process most students these days would not know that this is how a coat is made. It is also a good story to read aloud to show students what it was like after the World War II and how many families didn't have any money to buy the items that they needed and how they had to exchange items for services, not money. I would have this book in my future classroom library so the students had access to it at all times. Good book to read after discussing the World War II.

  • Shanna Gonzalez
    2019-05-03 22:25

    Anna and her mother have been waiting for the end of World War II, hoping that their city's economic situation will improve, but at the end of the war their city is desolate. They have no resources, and Anna needs a coat for the oncoming winter. Anna's mother resourcefully barters some of her remaining valuables for wool, spinning, weaving, and sewing, with wild lingonberries gathered by hand to dye the wool. Throughout this process the two build relationships with the farmer, spinner, weaver and tailor, and finally invite them all to share a Christmas cake together.Based on a true story, this book dramatizes all the steps in old-fashioned textile production, somewhat like Pelle's New Suit but for an older crowd. Lobel's illustrations provide a glimpse into post-war Europe, making the story a good supplement to a study in World War II. Finally, Mother's quiet persistence in providing for her daughter provides an example of love, courage and ingenuity in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. This book is well worth reading and is best suited for an early elementary-school audience.

  • Sandie
    2019-05-11 19:34

    My daughter and I really enjoyed this book. I haven't ever read a children's book that gives an idea of what it was like to live in a post war world. This book is based on the time after World War II had ended and poverty was reality for many. Little Anna needed a new coat and her mom had no money to get her one so it takes on nearly a one year journey from sheep to taylor to get this coat for her little girl. She has to trade family heirlooms that she saved to get wool and have it spun into yarn and then weaved into material and cut and made into a coat. I enjoyed the part of them picking the berries to make the dye and my daughter especially liked the sheep and how they gave their wool to Anna for her coat. I think maybe my daughter didn't quite understand that they were poor due to wartime conditions or the amount of time and work it took to get that one simple coat made for the little girl. I think she just enjoyed the story. Well written with very nice, old fashioned looking illustrations.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-12 16:35

    I would read this book while discussing team work and helping each other. Money was scarce during the Great Depression so the mother traded items she loved to get the part she needed for the coat. Everyone was able to do their part and the final product was so beautiful. Each contributor also got something they wanted out of it. I would read this book before a group project. LevelGrades 3 - 5Reading LevelGrade level Equivalent: 3.1Lexile® Measure: 690LDRA: 24Guided Reading: MGenreHistorical FictionTheme/SubjectHomelessness and PovertyParentsWorld War II Aftermath to TodayResourcefulness

  • Amy
    2019-05-01 17:45

    Anna needs a new coat, but World War 2 has recently ended and there is a shortage of both goods money. So her resourceful mother barters with a farmer, a spinner, a weaver, and a tailor over the course of a year to provide her daughter with a coat. Then they invite everyone who helped in the process to their house for Christmas dinner. I love the lessons this book teaches, both about history and about character. Children can learn that people face shortages in war-ravaged countries. They can also learn about the value of ingenuity, persistence, patience, and community. I loved the book and the fact that it is based on a true story.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-22 20:18

    This is a precious story about the sacrifices that one mom makes to acquire a new coat for her daughter after the war. We really enjoyed this and look forward to reading it again and again.

  • Julie Fischer
    2019-04-22 20:21

    My third grade class read this book is small groups, discussing the differences between Anna and their own lives. This was a wonderful book for anyone to read. A mother's hard work to provide for her child may have been one thing these children had in common, but learning the differences between wants and wishes generated great discussions with children of 2010. I recommend this book to adults as well as children. I believe it is best to read this together in order to fully understand the differences of our present world and the worlds children live in during depressions and wartime. Excellent work Harriet Ziefert

  • Jessica
    2019-05-03 22:41

    So, this book is probably more 4.5 stars - it's not like it has a riveting storyline although I am always compelled to things that surround WWII which this book does. I think I fell in love with the sweet little girl in the book and the sacrifices her mother made in order to provide a warm coat for her daughter. It also hit some character issues that we have been working with in our girls as far as patience, endurance, resourcefulness, and work ethic. I think all of these points could be taught in some aspect from this book. It was neat to have the conversation about bartering and the whole process of how many things are made with my six year old today.