I had to add this today because I JUST figured out it was the book I have been trying to remember for days. Little bits kept coming to me (much like the scraps of fabric the townsfolk give Harlequin), and oh, I wish I could reread it right now! Kind of a male Cinderella story without fairy magic. Very feel-good, very visceral and lovely illustrations.
What a tragedy that there is no picture of the cover art work, for this is surely one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've ever read. The story is sweet - a story of friends giving unselfishly - a story that will warm your heart.