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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
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Extra Yarn (2012)

by Mac Barnett

Other authors: Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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Annabelle lived in a small town where everything was either black or white. But that all changed when she came across a box filled with colorful yarn. She began by making a sweater for her and then her dog. She quickly would grasp the attention of others. First her neighbor ridiculed her, but only out of jealousy. Annabelle made him a sweater and that quickly went away. She then was told by her teacher that she was a distraction. However, Annabelle reacted positively by knitting one for everyone. Annabelle continued to knit and knit magically the yarn would never run out. She had so much she began to make sweater for animals, and houses. People from all over the world who had heard of Annabelle came to the small town to see all the sweaters. One day an archduke offered Annabelle ten million dollars for the box of yarn, but she denied his offer. This made the archduke so angry that he hired robbers to steal the box at night. The archduke sailed over the sea with the box. When he arrived home and opened it, the box was empty. He threw the box out to the sea and shouted a curse on the little girl to never be happy again. Magically the box made it back to the little girl through the water at sea. This is a great book for grade levels third and up. It is a great book to teach children to share, be kind and why its bad to be selfish. ( )
  Salma.Mart | Sep 16, 2018 |
Sweet, well-illustrated parable :) ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
This is a wonderful story about a girl who found a box of magical yarn and changed her town with color. ( )
  Tarawyn | Mar 3, 2018 |
It is a good example of folktale which has a imaginary setting, magic and repetitious patterns.
The little girl get a yarn that will not empty; therefore, she makes sweaters for everything. The man steal the box but there is nothing inside. Finally, the box goes back to girl where has extra yarn.
The box itself is magic and knitting sweaters repetitiously happens. I love this story and want to share with my friends.
Good to lower elementary ( )
  Zhaoying | Feb 28, 2018 |
This is a good example of a fantasy book because there is no endless yarn in the real world. In the story, a little girl got a box of yarn and she knitted for everyone and everything in her town with the yarn. One day an archduke wanted to buy the box with endless yarn from the girl but was refused. Thus, he stole it. However, when he came back, nothing was in the box. He threw the box away and the box came back to the girl. Teachers can use the story to teach good and evil. It is suitable for students from k to 3. The media of the book is watercolor. ( )
  lolatong | Feb 25, 2018 |
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Klassen, JonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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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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