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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Extra Yarn (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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Title:Extra Yarn
Authors:Mac Barnett
Other authors:Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
Info:Balzer Bray (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (2012)



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I enjoyed this book a lot because of the imagination it took to write it. It is about a little girl who finds a box of yarn and decides to start knitting sweaters and such things for people. As she knits and knits she realizes its an endless box of yarn. One day an evil archduke decides he wants to buy the yarn from the little girl for an extraordinary amount of money, but the girl politely declines. The evil archduke decides he is going to steal the box from her when she is sleeping. After capturing the box, he opens it to find there is no more yarn in there and angrily tosses it out his window. Magically, the box finds its way back to the girl who opens it to find, yet again, an endless supply of yarn. This teaches children about imagination and believing while also teaching them to care for others and not to steal. The illustrations were funny and bright as well which made reading the book even more enjoyable. ( )
  tsavan1 | Oct 4, 2016 |
I think this book has such a simple, wonderful message and exquisite illustrations, children of any age could enjoy this book. The tale is of a little girl who loves to knit sweaters and finds so much joy from making others sweaters. I would recommend this so hard to classes where genuine kindness is lacking!! ( )
  eshiel3 | Oct 3, 2016 |
Extra Yarn is a simple, but good book. The illustrations drastically enhanced the book. The town was described as “a cold little town, where everywhere you looked was either the white of snow or the black of soot from the chimneys” (pg.1). The main character then found a box that was described as “filled with yarn of every color” (pg.1). This concept of the town being black and white and dreary and the yarn being colorful was so important to the main idea of the book, and it showed in the pictures. Consistently throughout the book, everything was black and white except for this never ending colorful yarn. The illustrations did a magnificent job emphasizing the written text. I also liked the repetition. Multiple characters would sporadically comment on how Annabelle was soon going to run out of yarn, but she never did. It kept the reader wondering if she really would run out eventually while creating a nice rhythm to the book. After a few times of being questioned, the reader was able to pick up on the pattern. The big message of the book was how one person can single handedly have a positive effect on their community. ( )
  kslack3 | Sep 26, 2016 |
Overall I enjoyed the style and flow of the story. The artwork was by Jon Klassen who has several books of his own and has an artistic style that I enjoy. The villain in the book fell a little flat too me and in my opinion did nothing to either make the story better or worse. ( )
  MichaelCunningham | Sep 25, 2016 |
This book is about a little girl named Anna who has magic yarn. She knits sweaters for everything and everyone in her little town and never runs out of yarn. GENRE: fiction. MEDIA: stamped, ink, watercolor. USES: teach about kindness, how small things can make a big change.
  Adrinnon | Sep 19, 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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