Anita Lobel


The Seamstress of Salzburg is a beautifully illustrated story about a young seamstress, pushed beyond her limits to make beautiful dresses for the wealthy women of Salzburg.  As a kid, I would check this book out of my school library over and over again.

I found a copy a few years ago, while working as a Librarian at UBC.  It appears that the UBC Education Library has an amazing collection of children’s books, untouched by the public masses.  One of these days, I would love to find a copy of my very own.  They do exist, but cost a zillion dollars via the rare book sellers.

I found these books at the North Vancouver District Library yesterday.  Sven’s Bridge:

and On Market Street:

Lobel’s stories are simple, thoughtful and so beautiful to look at.  She also wrote a book called Potatoes, Potatoes, about two brothers going to war against each other.


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