Mr. Frank

Mr. Frank

Book - 2014
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"On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s, he has seen (and sewn) just about everything. But todays project is especially close to Mr. Frank's heart. With its use of textiles and sensitive period detail, Irene Luxbacher's artwork that is the perfect complement to her understated text. The result is a story that children and grandparents can share with equal delight" -- Provided from publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario ; Berkeley, Calif. : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781554984350
Branch Call Number: E LUXBACH
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Frank


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Jan 18, 2015

Mr. Frank is a tailor. He has been sewing since he was a little boy. An order comes in for an extraordinary outfit. Before beginning, he thinks back over the decades of his work and the trends in clothing. When he completes the outfit, he believes he can never make anything so wonderful again, so he closes up shop...well except to make projects with his grandson.

The illustrations are made in graphite and mixed media. They are highly textured, colorful and there is a lot to look at.

As Mr. Frank looks back, you get a view of the 40s war uniforms, 50s suits, 60s dresses,70s outfits, and 80s jeans. It is a wonderful overview of fashion through the years. The fact that his most extraordinary outfit ever is something for his grandson is heartwarming as well as seeing him teach his grandson how to sew. There is a sense of fun in this book as you learn a little bit about what tailors do and how the fashions have changed.

This book is advertized for ages 4-7. I think even 8 or 9 year olds would enjoy the story if they are interested in fashion. The writing and vocabulary is a bit complicated for the younger ones. This is a beautifully told story and I am pleased to be the first to review it.


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Jan 18, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8


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