Release Date: 1st August 2017
From pinstripe to houndstooth, ikat to toile, join Pepper on her journey into the history of textiles as she works alongside a tailor to make her perfect dress.
Pepper is getting a dress made for a special occasion. It’s the first dress that has ever been made just for her, and she wants it to be perfect. But what pattern is right for her? Pepper is particular, and nothing works at first. Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum. As Pepper learns about each fabric, she finds a reason why it’s just not the one. Will Pepper ever be able to find the perfect pattern?
Julie Kraulis takes readers on a journey through gorgeous patterns and their origins–from the mountains of Switzerland to the green grass of Scotland–in search of Pepper’s ideal pattern. The incredible illustrations make for a dress, a character and a book that are impossible to forget.
Rating: 4 Stars
A Pattern for Pepper was a lovely glimpse into the world of textiles. There was a bit of information about different patterns that one might see quite often, but not know much about. I recognized the patterns myself, but I didn’t know some of the history that was shared about them. It was a nice learning experience.
The artwork was very pretty. I’m not sure of the style exactly, but I think that it was watercolor. I think it was a good match for the story and it flowed well with the narrative.
The reason I am not giving this a full five stars is because while this book will, I think, be entertaining for children, the adults that read it to them might notice a few things about Pepper and her behavior that bother them. For me, it was that she was mentioned as lying on the floor, having her shoes off (she shows off her socks, so I’m assuming this part), and generally being quite picky. Considering this is a business, I would’ve thought that her mother (shown only in one panel and never mentioned again) would’ve made sure she acted like a good customer. It was a family business, I understand, and one they’re quite familiar with, but it still rubbed me the wrong way.
I would recommend this to read together as it’s a good experience, but it would be good for a child to read by themselves, though I think some of the pronunciations might be difficult.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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