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Extra Yarn (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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Member:MBels
Title:Extra Yarn
Authors:Mac Barnett
Other authors:Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
Info:Balzer Bray (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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I liked this book for three reasons. The first reason is because the storyline is very cutesy and creative. Annabelle’s endless supply of yarn and its impact on the people in her life is absolutely adorable. Reading about the characters’ reactions to Annabelle knitting them sweaters was heartwarming and seeing how cute the animals looked in their sweaters was very funny.
The second reason is because Jon Klassen’s illustrations are unbelievable. The sweaters he illustrated were so colorful, detailed and quaint. His bold use of color is aesthetically appealing, especially since the story begins in a dull, colorless town. I really loved how adorable all the characters, including the animals, looked in their colorful sweaters.
The last reason I enjoyed this book is because of the story’s message: no one can take away your happiness. Reading about Annabelle’s adventure with the magical yarn and seeing how the archduke reacts to her making others happy may come off as lighthearted silliness; however, the main message of their interaction is that you should not let the negativity of others impact the way you think or feel. Annabelle’s intention was not to create sweaters for everyone she knew because she was bored. She created those sweaters as a way to bring and spread happiness to her dull town. In addition to understanding the meaning of the yarn, children can learn how just one person can make a big difference. ( )
  dluna1 | Feb 24, 2017 |
Review:
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knitted for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decided he wants the yarn for himself. Annabelle rejected him so that he stole the yarn. However, he couldn't find anything in the box. The duke was angry and threw the box. Annabelle picked the box up again and kept knitting for everything in the town.
Critique:
This is a wonderful fantasy book. The story is about a box of yarn that never runs out, which is impossible in the daily life. It is magic. The book's theme is the good must beat the evil, which is an important feature of fantasy.
The pictures are done by gouache.
Comments on use:
Children will realize how to change the world, and how to make the world more colorful with kindness.
Children will learn the faith that the good must beat the evil.
Age appropriateness:
intermediate; Middle school
  ShanGao | Feb 19, 2017 |
This book started off pretty gloomy, the pictures were dark and the setting was dark. On the first page it says, "In a cold little town, where everywhere you looked was either the white of snow or the black of soot from chimneys." So, from the start, I got a cold, gloomy vibe. However, Annabelle found a box of magical yarn and there was suddenly a pop of color in the illustrations. As the book went on, more and more color showed up. The book started to feel brighter and happier. I thought the storyline was really cute and that younger kids would enjoy it. ( )
  cedauzat | Feb 8, 2017 |
Review:
"Extra Yarn" follows the story of a young girl who finds a magical box of yarn that never runs out. She then uses to make sweaters for everyone and everything is her town until a duke from a far off land steals the magical box.
Critique:
This story is a good example of a fantasy because of the magical qualities attributed to the box of yarn.
Uses:
1. This book would be good to read if the class was having difficulties with sharing. It could be read aloud and then used to facilitate discussion about the benefits of sharing and drawbacks of being selfless.
2. This book could also be read aloud at some point during a math unit on area. After reading, students could work in groups to figure how much yarn would be needed to various shapes and objects.
Age Appropriateness: primary, intermediate ( )
  rstewart15 | Jan 24, 2017 |
This is a fantasy story about a young girl named Annabelle and her generous spirit. Annabelle has a box of yarn that won't seem to run out! So, she knits sweaters for all the people she cares about, but she still doesn't run out. Annabelle starts knitting for inanimate objects until eventually a far off King hears about her magic box of yarn. Unfortunately, the magic yarn is only magical in the hands of Annabelle.

Teaching Connections: character traits, story sequencing, summarizing, making predictions, making inferences, theme, visualizing ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:03 -0400)

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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