PELLE'S NEW SUIT by Elsa Beskowtranslated by Marion Letcher Woodburn There was once a little Swedish boy whose name was Pelle. Pelle had a lamb which was all his own and which he took care of all by himself. The lamb grew and Pelle grew. And the lamb's wool grew longer and longer, but Pelle's coat only grew shorter! One day Pelle took a pair of shears and cut off all the lamb's wool. Then he took the wool to his grandmother and said: "Granny dear, please card this wool for me!" "That I will, my dear," said his grandmother, "if you will pull the weeds in my carrot patch for me." So Pelle pulled the weeds in Granny's carrot patch and Granny carded Pelle's wool. Then Pelle went to his other grandmother and said, "Grandmother, dear, please spinthis wool into yarn for me!" "That I will gladly do, my dear," said his grandmother, "if will I am spinning it you willtend to my cows for me." So Pelle tended Grandmother's cows and Grandmother spun Pelle's yarn. Then Pelle went to a neighbor who was a painter and asked him for some paint withwhich to color his yarn. "What a silly little boy you are!" laughed the painter, "My paint is not what you want tocolor your wool. But if you will row over to the store to get a bottle of turpentine for me,you man buy yourself some dye out of the change from the shilling." So Pelle rowed over to the store and bought a bottle of turpentine for the painter, and bought himself a large sack of blue dye out of the change from the shilling.Then he dyed his wool himself until it was all blue. And then Pelle went to his mother and said: "Mother dear, please weave this yarn intocloth for me." "That will I gladly do," said his mother, "if you will take care of your little sister for me." So Pelle took good care of his little sister, and Mother wove the wool into cloth. Then Pelle went to the tailor:"Dear Mr. Tailor, please make a suit for me out of this cloth." "Is that what you want, you little rascal?" said the tailor, "Indeed I will, if you will rakemy hay, bring in my wood, and feed my pigs for me." So Pelle raked the tailor's hay and fed his pigs. And then he carried in all the wood. And the tailor had Pelle's suit ready that very Saturday evening. And on Sunday morning Pelle put on his new suit and went to his lamb and said: "Thank you very much for my new suit,little lamb." "Ba-a-ah," said the lamb, and it sounded almost as if the lamb were laughing.