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Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (2003)

by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

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Despite all of the advice from her family to wear clothes like them, Ella Sarah wears the unusual and outrageous outfit she picked out herself.
  SerenityShaw | Jun 6, 2016 |
My review of this book is that it will open kids eyes and thoughts to have their own ideas and dress however they want. Parents have authority over their kids but I think it is extremely important for a kid to grow into themselves and see who they are whether it is the clothes they choose for themselves or other decisions they make throughout the day. The main idea of this book is for kids to see that they can express themselves freely no matter what anyone else thinks. ( )
  CGirodo | Mar 24, 2016 |
This book is about a little girl named Ella Sarah. She is very independent and wants to dress herself. After her parents try to persuade her into wearing something else she protests and insists on wear what she has picked out. Her parents try to tell her that she is over dressed but once her party guest arrive she is dressed for the occasion.

Personal Reflection:
I have my own child like this at home. She loves to pick out her own clothes and dress herself. She is developing her own sense of style and her own independence. Sometimes she doesn't always match and sometimes I have to make her change but I love that she isn't afraid to stand out and enjoy her crazy style.

Classroom Extensions:
1. I would have the student draw a picture of what they thing would be a wild and crazy outfit.
2. I would encourage my students to be bold and stand out and to not be afraid to be different.
3. This would be a good time for a lesson over independence and how it is ok to do things own your own instead of always relying on someone else to do thing for you.
  AshleyTaylor1 | Mar 23, 2016 |
This book would be fantastic for the first day of school in a first grade classroom. It's about a little girl who just wants to wear the crazy outfit that she has picked out, and her family is trying to talk her out of it. I have never met a first grader that couldn't relate to that. Also, it could be used in a counting lesson. How many articles of clothing is Ella Sarah putting on? How many times does she say that that's exactly what she wants to wear? This book would be easy to ask questions about as you read aloud, and you could ask students for predictions about what Ella Sarah is going to say when her family tells her she should wear something else. ( )
  AmandaJH | Feb 9, 2016 |
In this picture book, in which a young girl wants to dress how she wants, Irvine does a good job illustrating the girl’s sassy attitude in her simple drawings. After Ella makes up her mind about what she wants to wear one morning, she is met with much opposition by her family. Irvine shows this in the pictures with Ella’s mother, father, and sister all holding up different outfits in order to change Ella’s mind. For some reason, Irvine chose not to draw her family members’ heads, which I found odd. Bright colors filled some of the pages, while a lot of white space filled others. After each attempt to change Ella’s mind, you could see how her anger progresses in the pictures. First, Irvine draws her holding her cat with a sad look on her face. Then she is drawn raising her fist and stomping, as if she is throwing a fit. The final straw is when she throws her cat. In this picture, Irvine only drew a picture of Ella’s hand and the cat flying through the air. I thought this accurately captured the sassy attitude of the young girl who just wanted to dress herself. Facial expressions were not even needed in this picture to illustrate the attitude. Finally, Irvine paints a picture of Ella showing off her “pink polka dot pants, dress with orange and green flowers, purple and blue striped socks, yellow shoes, and red hat.” A simple line on her face showed her happiness as she modeled her outfit in the mirror. Then, as Ella sits among her friends, she clearly fits in with her unique style. Irvine shows this by painting them with outfits as wild as Ella’s. This story will bring you back to your childhood days when you first started dressing yourself. It is perfect for young children, as they can easily relate to this story. ( )
  srmorgan | Jan 30, 2016 |
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Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a BIG sense of style—and it shows in her very colorful favorite outfit. Her mom, dad, and sister want her to dress just like them, but when her flamboyantly dressed friends arrive, it’s clear that Ella Sarah’s sense of style is just right.

Despite the advice of others in her family, Ella Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152164138, Hardcover)

Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a BIG sense of style--and it isn't at all like that of her mother, father, and older sister. Yet they all want her to dress just like them! Ella Sarah will have none of it--and when her flamboyantly dressed friends arrive, it's clear that Ella Sarah's favorite outfit is just right for her. Written and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, this spirited, Caldecott Honor-winning story
will gently nudge young children toward independence--providing plenty of exuberant colors and patterns to identify along the way.

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Despite the advice of others in her family, Ella Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.

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