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Phoebe's Sweater Hardcover – April 9, 2010
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Phoebe's Sweater, a children's storybook with knitting patterns, is a gentle tale about many things: the expanding bond between parent, child, and child-to-be; the suspended period between knitting a sweater, gifting a sweater and wearing a sweater; a representation of time just before everything's going to change... Patterns at the back of the book include the hooded textured jacket Phoebe's mom makes her, plus a near-seamless toy version of Phoebe herself. --Yarn Market News
Phoebe's mother plans to knit Phoebe a sweater of her very own to help her with the transition of being the only child to big sister. The story is very sweet and the illustrations are absolutely fantastic. At the end of the book, Joanna includes patterns for Phoebe's Sweater, as well as patterns for Phoebe the Mouse, Phoebe's Dress and Phoebe's Doll Sweater. --Petite Purls Magazine
This is an adorable little book. The first part is the story of a cute little mouse named Phoebe whose mother knits her a special sweater while waiting for her new baby brother ir sister to arrive. It's a sweet little story, and the illustrations are wonderful. But then the second part are actual knitting patterns, so you can make the sweater for your little girl... All in all, it's a complete package of cuteness. --knittingscholar.com
Phoebe's Sweater is a beautiful gift to boys and girls alike. A tale of a special handmade sweater, and the place that it has in a child's heart, Joanna and her husband Eric do a wonderful job of reminding us all about the value of living a handmade life. --Rhythm of the Home Magazine
A sweet book full of the love a knitted sweater can bestow. The illustrations in this book are superb, rich and textured with the kind of detail that young children love to explore. --Knitty.com
About the Author
Joanna Johnson is the author of Phoebe's Sweater, Freddie's Blanket, and Phoebe's Birthday. Joanna's husband, Eric Johnson, illustrates their books in a detailed style comprised of pencil, sepia ink, and watercolor. Joanna especially enjoys creating knitting, sewing, and quilting patterns to accompany their stories. The couple works from their home studios in Colorado, where they live with their three children, who offer continual inspiration for their stories. Joanna's work has also been published in Piecework, Jane Austen Knits, Petite Purls, Knitting Traditions, and Rhythm of the Home magazines. Eric and Joanna's books have been reviewed in Knitty, Interweave Knits, Knit 'N Style, Cast On, Stitch, and Knitting Today Magazines. To read more about Eric and Joanna's books and to join their mailing list, please visit the slatefallspress website.
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As a homeschooling parent I'm thinking of ways to use this book in a short unit study. We can study mice, identify different plants and trees and bugs, learn our colors, discuss the changing seasons, talk about families having new babies, bake bread together as Phoebe and her mother do, have an outdoor tea party with swiss cheese, etc. The possibilities are endless.
This book was obviously created with a great love for the minds of young children and the illustrations add an even greater depth to the story.