This is a review of the new release children’s and knitting book Phoebe’s Sweater. It’s authored by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by Eric Johnson. The product is published by Slate Falls Press. Disclosure: I was provided a copy of Phoebe’s Sweater for review by Slate Falls Press, but wasn’t required to recommend the children’s and knitting book. My observations are my own.
Synopsis of the Children’s and Knitting Book Phoebe’s Sweater
The book is divided in two major sections. Pages 2-27 feature the story. Phoebe is a mouse that lives in a tree trunk with her family, and loves to have her doll with her. It’s autumn, and Phoebe’s mother tells her that she’s going to have a sweater knitted for her. Later, the young mouse finds out that she’s going to have a new sibling, and over the rest of the autumn, winter, and spring, Phoebe stays occupied with a myriad of activities until summertime, when mom finally completes the project just in time for the next change of season. Pages 29-37 feature knitting patterns, which include pictures and detailed instructions for making “Phoebe’s Sweater”, “Phoebe Mouse (and Dress)”, and “Phoebe Doll Sweater.”
I recommend this children’s and knitting book Phoebe’s Sweater because it’s not only a comforting children’s story that is about how a lovingly-created knitting project can take seasons to complete, but it’s ingenious as a crossover book to appeal to knitters who can actually create the book’s characters and clothes. The book measures out to be about 10 1/8″ wide and 8 ¼” high, and has a good feel in the hands.
The colorfully-detailed illustrations by Eric Johnson, while done in pencil (according to the illustrator’s biography in the book), have a bit of a “water color ambience” to them. The autumn and winter scenes especially exude a sense of home and security even while much of the illustrations are of outdoor seasonal scenes in the rolling hills full of trees.
This 2010 children’s and knitting book is available at yarn stores as well as retail book outlets like Amazon.com. It has a Suggested Retail Price of $18.95, and the ISBN number for Phoebe’s Sweater is 978-0-578-04697-6. For more information about Phoebe’s Sweater, go to the publisher’s website here.