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Thursday, April 5, 2012

E: Examine Extra Yarn

Examine what I have in store for you today with this ball of EXTRA YARN.

READ-4-LUCK is the weekly feature that acts as a book recommendation, book review, teaching tip, and writing lesson for children, parents, teachers, and writers. I post a link most weeks with Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Fridays.

 = Not bad. Might read twice.

 = Fun read first few times. Would get from library again.
 = Very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind owning a copy.
 = Awesome! Never tiresome for children, parents, teachers, or writers. May just have to buy this book.

This week's pick is Extra Yarn written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.
"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."

Publisher: Balzer and Bray  
Year: 2012
Word Count: 566
Book Level: 3.2
Age: 4-8
Topic: yarn
Theme: imagination, determination
First Lines:
On a cold afternoon, in a cold little town, where everywhere you looked was either the white of snow or the black of soot from chimneys, Annabelle found a box filled with yarn of every color.
CHILDREN:  Such a fun and silly little book. The illustrations are fun and colorful.

PARENTS:  Magical and imaginative. Funny because it's so impossible. Pictures are perfect.

 Best suited for a writing lesson. Also good for younger children for predictability. Could possibly teach basic knitting.

 Simply wonderful. The more I read it, the more I notice fun patterns.

Be sure to visit other "perfect picture books" at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

Keep on keepin' on...


  1. Hi Christie, I've been seeing this picture book around and it looks really cute. I hope to read it soon (crossing my fingers that we already have it in our library). Thanks for sharing!

  2. I, too, have been reading rave reviews all over on this one, so want to get a read myself!

  3. This book looks great! Like Ms. Marple and Ms. Bacsal, I've heard a lot of good things about it. It's time I read it!! :)

  4. Christie, I'm not familiar with this book. It sounds like an interesting tale. Nice choice. Will have to check it out.

  5. I happened to pick this up last week. It was one of the books they had on display. After reading it, I put it on my list to review for PPBF. So glad you added it to the list, already. I really loved the book.

  6. I missed this! Thanks for linking! Great minds think alike:)


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