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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Extra Yarn (2012)

by Mac Barnett

Other authors: Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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In a dark and dreary town that was either white as snow or black as soot, lived a girl who started knitting- first a sweater for herself and then the whole town. She never ran out of yarn- even when an evil archduke tries to steal it.
  deannachambers | Mar 14, 2014 |
I really like the use of color in this book and the minimalism of the illustration. I liked how it was a happy story but didn't really have a moral to it. I think a lot of young girls would enjoy this and it might even make them want to learn how to knit. Great book for a reading corner.
  krbarton | Mar 11, 2014 |
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have done it again. In this lovable, light-hearted and clever story, Annabelle finds an ordinary box of ordinary yarn. But she doesn't let ordinary stop her. It's the dead of winter and she starts knitting - a sweater for herself, one for her dog Mars, teasing/jealous Nate and his dog, her teacher Mr. Norman and the entire class, and pretty much the entire time. In the end, Annabelle still has extra yarn left over, and the Archduke and his three robbers suspect there is something special about this yarn. When the box arrives at the Archduke, it is empty...but I wouldn't want to give the ending away. This book would be great to teach children fluency - there is a lot of good dialogue between Annabelle and the Archduke. Also, this book teaches children that the simple things in life are the best things and that it all depends on perspective and mindset in order to feel content and truly happy. ( )
  inovac13 | Mar 6, 2014 |
Adorable little picture book about Annabelle and the mysterious box of yarn she discovered. ( )
  Pferdina | Feb 2, 2014 |
This book is quite darling. In a cold, colorless town, a girl named Annabelle finds a box of yarn of many colors. She knits herself a sweater and her dog and continues to make knit clothing for everyone around her, yet she always has extra yarn. How could it be? The archduke attempts to give her millions of dollars for the box in his curiosity of how it could be that she never runs out. She refuses his offer. Thieves steal the box in the night yet it turns out there is no more yarn left. The archduke curses the girl and sets the box afloat. Annabelle gets the box back and dispite the curse, she pleasantly discovers more yarn and happiness to be found.

Theres a lesson to be had in this story. Can there be a price on happiness? How can you continue to spread joy and never run out? People are intrigued by the color and the joy this girl brings and shares. She freely gives and gives some more. She has an unlimited supply from a source that remains a mystery. ( )
  KelseyDavison | Jan 26, 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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