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Sally and the Purple Socks Hardcover – May 29, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 1—Sally the duck has ordered some purple socks. When they arrive, they are much too small, but a note states that the garments will grow to the size ordered. After "some airing," the socks fit perfectly, but then they keep expanding. As they get bigger, she uses them for a hat-and-scarf set, then curtains, then as blankets. Before long, Sally has purple carpeting throughout her house. Eventually, the purple socks ooze out the windows and doors and into the street where they block traffic. Sally hauls them into her backyard, constructs a large tent, and invites her neighbors to a circus. All goes well until it starts to rain, causing the purple blobs to shrink back to socks that are just Sally's size. The illustrations are done in flat yellow, white, green, and purple gouache paint, outlined in brushed black ink. Sally's head and beak area is all white with tiny dot eyes, making her appear a bit ghostly. Children may be amused as the situation gets more and more out of hand, and this book could be used as part of a clothing-themed storytime. An additional purchase.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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Sally the duck is thrilled with her new purple socks. They fit perfectly, and she wears them constantly until they oddly begin to get too big. She uses them as scarf and cap to wear while she gardens, but when they continue to grow, she turns them into curtains, then blankets, a carpet; and, finally, when they block traffic in front of her house, she makes them into a circus tent and invites all her neighbors over to have some fun. All goes well until rain shrinks the socks, leaving Sally with her “lovely, soft, cozy, warm, luxurious purple socks,” which fit perfectly again. This is similar in concept to books such as Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona (1975) and Jay Williams’ One Big Wish (1980), in which things grow and get out of control. The quirky, playful, and ultimately warm illustrations, coupled with the simple text and a plot with just the right amount of suspense, make the book spot-on for sharing with young audiences. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (May 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247347
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story was an instant favorite with my children, and it eventually grew on me as well. There are lots of opportunities to engage the kids in discussion on what's happening in the story. We have read it over and over and over and each time it has become more charming!
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The picture book Sally and the Purple Socks will knock kids socks off. It is so interactive that ages 4-8 will love it. It makes kids laugh, predict what else Sally will use the socks for as they continue enlarging, and join in with chants. I highly recommend this book.
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By Ulyyf on November 13, 2010
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This is a very silly book, about a duck whose too-small socks grow long enough to be a hat and scarf, long enough to be curtains, long enough to be a blanket, long enough to be a carpet, and, finally - long enough to be a circus tent.

Very, very silly. After all, we all know that ducks don't wear socks :)
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My 2-yr old daughter would probably read Sally above all other books...over and over again. I can pause at any word, and she can fill in the blank. That's how much we read it in this house. It is a sweet, funny storybook, and we recommend it.
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