From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-- A newly illustrated edition of a story first published in 1967 (McGraw; o.p.). Vasya, a Ukrainian boy, is puzzled when his father tells him he is sowing flax seeds `` ` . . . so that shirts will grow for you and baby Anya.' '' How can a shirt grow in the field? The boy watches every step in the lengthy process of turning flax into linen cloth, from growing, harvesting, and processing it, to spinning and weaving the thread, to bleaching, cutting, and sewing together the fabric. And in the end (more than a year later), ``It was a real shirt!'' The new illustrations are softly colored paintings that show details of farm life and the changing seasons in the Ukrainian countryside; they're more realistic and less folkloric than Yaroslava's for the earlier edition. Both Elsa Beskow's Pelle's New Suit (HarperCollins, 1929) and Tomie dePaola's Charlie Needs a Cloak (S. & S., 1982) show the similar process of turning wool into cloth. These titles have more child appeal because the protagonist himself helps to create the clothes, whereas Vasya is merely a passive observer while others work. However, where materials on farm life and textiles are in demand, this one will be a pleasant addition. --Caroline Parr, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian