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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Extra Yarn (2012)

by Mac Barnett

Other authors: Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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I am such a big fan of Jon Klassen's artwork that not much could make this book better, but the story really does! It's a cute book with an incredibly simple story line. I love the idea that even a little girl can make a change in a town. The artwork is really the star of this book.
  InstantLaila | Dec 7, 2014 |
On a snowy day in a town covered with soot Annabelle finds a box filled with colorful yarn. She takes the box home and begins to knit. She knits sweaters after sweater, but magically she continues to have more yarn. She begins to knit sweaters for the buildings, trees and trucks. The yarn never runs out and the town changes, from a place of dull dreariness to one of color. The plot thickens as an archduke hears of the magic yarn and tries to buy it form Annabelle. After she refuses to sell it to him, he steals the yarn . But, once he gets the box back to his castle, he discover there is no yarn in it. He throws the box into the river, where it returns safely to Annabelle.
  ryckecraw | Nov 21, 2014 |
This is great story about a girl named Annabelle that makers her town a little brighter by knitting sweaters for everyone and everything but it is taken by money hungry duke. In the end he gets nothing and the needles get returned to Annabelle.
  alexanderkai | Nov 18, 2014 |
Annabelle finds a box of yarn of every color, so she knits herself a sweater, but there is still extra yarn...Annabelle transforms her dull, black-and-white village into a colorful one by knitting sweaters for everyone and everything - even things that don't wear sweaters (like pickup trucks). A wicked archduke steals Annabelle's box of yarn when she refuses to sell it to him, but he finds it empty, and throws it in the ocean...where it makes its way back to Annabelle.

This story is utterly charming; the text and the illustrations go together perfectly. ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 13, 2014 |
"Extra Yarn" is a story of a small, cold, colorless town and Annabelle who finds a box filled with colorful yarn. This box of yarn seems endless as she makes colorful sweaters for everyone and everything in town, even animals, houses, and trucks. I loved the illustrations in this story. The town and people appear colorless and are placed against a white background. But, they quickly gain color as Annabelle knits everyone and everything a sweater. The change in color completely transforms the town and the mood of the story. I also liked the character of Annabelle. She is kind and giving to everyone, even those who make fun of her. For example, Nate makes fun of her and her dog's sweater by laughing "you two look ridiculous." But instead of getting upset or angry, Annabelle knits Nate a sweater anyway and he likes it. People around the world begin to hear of this box full of endless, colorful yarn, so the archduke tries to buy it from Annabelle. But Annabelle, politely denies his offer. So, the archduke steals the yarn. But once he gets it, he finds the box is empty and tosses it into the water. Eventually, it flows back to Annabelle who surprisingly finds the box isn't empty and continues to knit. From this ending, I found the big idea is you get what you give. Annabelle gave and gave, and in return she continued to receive an endless amount of yarn. On the other hand, the archduke took what did not belong to him and in the end received no yarn at all. ( )
  KendraEscalona | Oct 25, 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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