A moving picture book, A New Coat for Anna follows Anna and her mother as they try to get Anna a new wool coat post-World War II. Anna's mother goes through the village, trading her valuables for the services of a spinner, a weaver, and a tailor. With brilliant pictures that capture the aura of the era, as well as the colors that go into making something beautiful in a dark time, this heartwarming book will make children consider how precious the ordinary can be in times of difficulty.
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.