A New Coat for Anna – Study Guide



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A New Coat for Anna is the story of a young girl and her mother, living in the aftermath of World War II. The war is over, but the stores are still empty, there is very little food, and no one has any money. Anna has outgrown the winter coat she has worn for years, so her mother comes up with a plan to get her a new one. With patience, hard work, and sacrifice, Anna and her mother, over the course of a year, are able to finally get Anna a new coat.

Author Harriet Ziefert based A New Coat for Anna on the true story of Ingeborg Schraft Hoffman, M.D., whose mother, Hanna Schraft, began with a few belongings and ended by providing her daughter with a beautiful, new coat.

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Through Harriet Ziefert’s inspiring story of post-war Europe, students will learn:

Historical Background: WWII and its aftermath.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques:  Dictionary work, character, paraphrase.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Vanity vs. pride, God’s provision, patience, character qualities.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Maps, WWII, movie, field trip, timeline, Mystery Word activity page, cooking, writing, crafts, wordsearch.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5×11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!


Recommended Grade Level: 1-3
Setting: Post-WWII Europe, 1940’s
Workbook ISBN: 978-1-58609-308-2
Study Guide Author: Rebecca Gilleland
for the book by: Harriet Ziefert
Study Guide Page Count: 30 pages

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × .5 in

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