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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Extra Yarn (2012)

by Mac Barnett

Other authors: Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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Summary: This book tells the story of a girl named Annabelle who lives in a small town with colors of only black soot and white snow. She has the opportunity to add some color to her world when she finds a box of what seems to be never-ending yarn. She knits sweaters for herself, her dog, her neighbor, her classmates, her teachers, her family, and all of the buildings in her town. The town is no warm and full of color. One day her yarn is stolen by an archduke. He is unsatisfied when he finds out the box is empty. The yarn found its way back to Annabelle and the story ends with her sitting under a knitted tree.
Genre: Picture Book
Review: I had heard a lot of great things about this book before I read it. I loved the theme of loyalty between the yarn and its owner, Annabelle. It’s a great book to teach children about not taking things that aren’t theirs. All in all, I loved this book and would definitely recommend it.
  mroque | Jun 8, 2014 |
This is a story about a girl that enjoys using yarn to create many different things. This is a good book to show children even when people think you are crazy, you should continue to do what you love and what makes you happy. People looked at this little girl like she was crazy but she kept doing it anyway because she loved it. ( )
  AliciaFine | Jun 8, 2014 |
Extra Yarn is a beautiful story about a girl who finds a magical box of never ending yarn. She warms the world with her gift, even the trucks get a sweater, but when an evil villain tries to take the box for himself, he finds it empty. The box simply finds its way back to our heroine and out into the world. Excellent illustrations, lovely text, and a great layout make this a fantastic new book. ( )
  aconant | Jun 6, 2014 |
Summary: Annabelle finds a box of yarn that never runs out. She begins knitting sweaters for everyone and everything.
Review: Knitting makes Annabelle happy. Turns out it makes her friends and neighbors happy too.
This story could lead to a discussion or writing assignment about "what makes you happy(hobby, activity, etc.) and how can you share this love with others?"
  kkrat2 | Jun 3, 2014 |
This is a very good book for children to read because it symbolizes so many life lessons. The colorful yarn in an entirely black-and-white town represents happiness, and the fact that Annabelle can never run out of it means that as long as people let it be, happiness is everlasting. The part where Nate's jealousy causes him to make fun of Annabelle shows that this unhappy person is jealous of her happiness.

When the archduke offers one, two, and then ten million dollars for the yarn and Annabelle refuses, the reader is shown that happiness in invaluable. There is no payment that the archduke can make that can cover the yarn because--excuse the cliché--no one can buy happiness. And after stealing the box, the archduke finds it to be empty because stealing does not earn happiness, only kindness and generosity do. ( )
  parejess | May 20, 2014 |
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Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, January 2012: A monochrome town gets a change of color and attitude with the help of a box of yarn and a girl named Annabelle. From the seemingly endless box of Extra Yarn Annabelle knits clothing for everyone around her, tempering the ill-tempered, and creating beautifully patterned warmth for people, animals, and objects, alike. When a greedy clothes-loving archduke tries to buy--then steal--the box for himself, he discovers that ill-gotten gains bear no fruit--or in this case, yarn. Mac Barnett’s elegant and clever story is complemented by Jon Klassen’s illustrations, and fans of I Want My Hat Back will enjoy the familiar faces that show up in this picture book about the magical properties of kindness and generosity.--Seira Wilson

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With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

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