I read Pelle's New Suit in French, Paul et son habit neuf (because my library only had the French version), and I loved both the story and the illustrations; they are sweet, gentle and engaging.I have always loved Elsa Beskow's picture books, not only because of the wonderful Jugendstil-like illustrations, but even more so because there is such a loving, respectful attitude towards children and children's abilities and responsibilities present in her stories.Children are neither approached as irresponsible and completely dependent on adult guidance, nor are they portrayed as miniature adults; they are children, but they do have responsibilities and can be trusted with household and farm chores and work.

Pelle (Paul in the French version) does get his new Sunday suit, but in order to get the wool from his lamb to the taylor, he has to not only ask the people around him (Pelle's family and acquaintances) for favours, he also has to do favours for them to reciprocate.Thus, his one grandmother cards the wool, and in exchange, Pelle weeds her garden; his other grandmother spins the carded wool, while Pelle watches over her cows.I love the give and take of Pelle's New Suit and I also appreciate the fact that Pelle is seen as mature enough to raise and care for a lamb, weed his grandmother's garden, take a boat across the lake on an errand for the painter and so on. Recommended for fans of Elsa Beskow and children who enjoy sweet and engaging, old-fashioned family stories.