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Ella Sarah Gets Dressed Hardcover – May 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
More About the Author
Margaret participates in a group blog-Books Around The Table-with the members of her children's book critique group, Laura Kvasnosky, Julie Larios and Julie Paschkis. In this blog you will find inspiring imagery, thoughts and tidbits of helpful information.
Margaret also publishes a blog-Pebbles In The Jar-relating to her work connecting public schools with the arts community. This blog advocates for getting the arts back in public schools and provides resources, information and ideas on how to become an arts liaison for your school. There's some personal stuff in there too.
Top Customer Reviews
This brightly bold picture book reflects the personality of the protagonist. Everyone else gives her "their wisdom" and seems to forget Ella Sarah has a vision all her own.
At the end, Ella Sarah follows her heart and wears exactly what she wanted to all along.... and then her friends who know and cherish her exactly as she is arrive and.... well, its a loving, bright and bold ending as well.
Your children will love this, especially those who are bold, bright little ones who have their own strong fashion opinions.
As far as the plot goes, it's fairly basic. Ella Sarah plods around the house in her sheep pajamas, a floppity stuffed animal (with the nose and mouth of a martini glass) accompanying her wherever she goes. Right from the start, our heroine knows exactly what kind of clothing she would like to wear. Says she, "I want to wear my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flowers, my purple-and-blue striped socks, my yellow shoes, and my red hat". Her mother complains that the outfit is too dressy. She suggests an alternative, which is met with Ella Sarah's reiterated desire. Her father says it's too fancy and she repeats her outfit (this time accompanied by a very realistic tantrumesque stamping on the floor). Her older sister says it's too silly and offers some clothes she's outgrown. Now the stuffed animal goes flying, as Ella Sarah proclaims her perfect outfit for the last time. Carefully she dresses herself in the colorful eclectic ensemble. When the doorbell rings we see that her friends are just as snazzy as our intrepid heroine. And with that, the four friends sit down to tea and donut holes. It is a colorful sight.Read more ›
Her mom, dad and older sister each try to get her to wear clothes that match, but Ella Sarah stands her ground. She dresses herself and is proud of the outfit she has assembled. Later, when her friends come over to play, each of them is attired in his or her own less-than-perfectly matched ensembles.
Parents who insist their children wear clothes that match should avoid letting their children read this book. Open-minded and nurturing parents, however, will enjoy sharing this fun story with their children. The brightly colored pictures are visually stimulating and will keep young children interested. They will also learn about colors and naming the different articles of clothing.
This book fosters decision-making skills and independence. Letting children express their individuality early in life will help them learn more about who they are as a person. In the long run, they will be better able to make important decisions as they grow up instead of being totally dependent on others.
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed is a cute story that also provides an important lesson for both parents and children.
Armchair Interviews says: The early life of a fashionista!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fun- about a little girl who knows exactly what she wants to wear!Published 7 days ago by hobby knitter
This book was severely damaged and cannot believe a person would sell this!Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth
My 2.5 year old loves this book. Maybe the book is intended for older children who can understand that they should not use all story characters as models for behavior. Read morePublished 5 months ago by unoconsiete
I bought this book for my 2.5 year old granddaughter. She loves it and had parts of it memorizedin the first week. My daughter has some reservations. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Power
Looked great when we received it. One of my daughters favorite Christmas gifts.Published 13 months ago by April