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How a Shirt Grew in the Field Hardcover – September 21, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (September 21, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395597617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395597613
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

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This is a wonderful story for 5-8 year old's to learn how linen is made from flax plants. The story follows a young boy who is watching his family go through the process of growing, harvesting, combing, weaving and sewing to make him and his little sister a new shirt.
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