Hello, friends! Our book today is The Best Tailor In Pinbauê by Eymard Toledo, a story of community, family, and the importance of bringing color into life.
In the small Brazilian village of Pinbauê, Uncle Flores was once a great tailor. He sewed beautiful, colorful suits and dresses for the men and ladies of town, and would even sew elaborate costumes for Carnival. Since the factory came to town, however, his only work is to mend the dull gray uniforms of the factory workers. Still, his young nephew Edinho loves to help him with his work. One day, Uncle Flores receives word that the factory has begun importing cheaper uniforms, and that his services are no longer needed. Concerned for his livelihood, he is unsure of what to do – until Edinho makes a colorful suggestion.
This is sort of a heavy story, but it had a lot of depth and emotional impact. The very realistic scenario of a big business changing an entire town’s economy (and by extension, general outlook) is presented in a way that is easy for little readers to comprehend. Flores’s struggles are very realistic, and strike a bit of a somber tone, but this is turned handily by the eventual outcome: Edinho suggests using leftover fabric from the pre-factory work to make colorful curtains for the people of the town, and by the end, there is hope in Pinbauê and its people. It teaches the lessons of ingenuity, resourcefulness, but mostly community – that by helping our loved ones and neighbors, we are helping ourselves as well. The mixed-media art is perfect, obviously constructed love. The length is good, though the pace may be a bit slow for younger bookworms – JJ began to wiggle in places. But for older readers, this is a wonderful lesson in the power of hope and community, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)