Title: Thérèse Makes a Tapestry
Author: Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs
Major Themes: France, Louis XIV, Tapestries, Weaving
Synopsis: After her father gives her a lovely painting so she won’t forget him, Thérèse makes him a wonderful gift to show her love.
The pictures in Thérèse Makes a Tapestry are beautiful! Rich, warm paintings make the story come to life in the gorgeous picture book.
Thérèse’s family works in the Gobelins Manufactory, creating beautiful tapestries for King Louis XIV of France and other rich people in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Thérèse is excited about Papa coming home, and overjoyed when Papa gives her a beautiful picture he painted of the king’s palace. When he tells the family he will be home again in a few months, when the king comes to visit the factory, she has an idea for the perfect gift to express her love for her father. Will she finish it in time?
Even if you are not interested in history, the description and pictures of the art of weaving tapestries is fascinating. Thérèse, though she was not permitted to weave in the factory, because she was a girl, knew how to perform each step, from spinning the yarn and dying it to finishing the border of a tapestry. Young children will enjoy this beautiful picture book.
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Listening Level—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9