A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis


A Pattern for Pepper

Author: Julie Kraulis
Genre: Children
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Pages: 40

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.


Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/4

REVIEW: This is a lovely book about a little girl named Pepper in search of her perfect dress for a very special occasion. Mr. Taylor’s shop is just the right place for her and there begins her journey into the tailoring aspect of it and the beauty of picking her own patterns and helping to design it.

There are some parts of this where smaller children might not comprehend the tailors speak of styles and patterns that are mentioned, but even with that they will really enjoy this tale, as did my little girl. She really enjoyed finding out where all these designs came from and seeing the delightful pictures that were shown.

“What pattern is your suit?’ Pepper asks. ‘Ah! This is tartan. It comes from Scotland and is woven with wool in checked patterns. Tartan is used for clothing, hats and even bagpipes.”

Just like my daughter, Pepper has her own style and preferences, fascinated with all the many choices she has available to her. The whole process of taking her measurements, choosing what is best suited for her likes, and seeing it all put together, is a great and satisfying experience.

“The dress if finally ready! ‘Your perfect pattern is paisley,’ Mr. Taylor says.”

A Pattern for Pepper is cute and very descriptive, love when the emphasis is in learning something different. I will be reading this again to my little one, per her request, and more than likely several more times after that.

******I received this copy from Tundra Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***




  1. Jasmine

    March 31, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I have actually read this book for my 5 year old son. It’s a great book to learn about different patterns. Love your review and glad that your daughter can relate to Pepper 😊

    1. Jen

      September 4, 2017 at 12:20 am

      It really is , my daughter liked looking at all the different designs and talking about the styles. It’s a cute little read 🙂


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