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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
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 ›
One by one, her family members tell her the outfit she wants to wear is "too dressy," "too fancy," and "too silly." Ella Sarah throws a bit of a fit when people keep making such comments, and she reiterates the outfit she wants to wear.
I thought the book was going to be about an independent toddler becoming confident and learning how to make people listen to her when something was important to her (she has to wear the clothes, after all). I thought she would explain why she wanted to wear that outfit and then everyone would see her point of view, or would at least see that it really doesn't matter what a toddler wears most of the time. That book, I would have liked. But, it wasn't about that.
Instead, it turns out Ella Sarah wanted to wear her colorful, fancy, dressy outfit because her friends were coming over for a tea party and therefore they were all wearing fancy clothes.
So, I was confused. Did her parents not know their toddler was having company that day? Why did they care what she wore anyway? Were they having family pictures, or what? Apparently not. They didn't know she was having friends over (odd for a toddler), and cared a whole heck of a lot about what she would wear when they were just sitting at home (why?). Why did they not ask her why she wanted to wear that outfit? It would have cleared up a lot of things. Why did they have to denigrate her choices in such harmful terms, such as "silly"?
I don't mind that Ella Sarah got upset when no one would listen to her.Read more ›
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This book was severely damaged and cannot believe a person would sell this!Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth
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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 15 months ago by M. Power
Looked great when we received it. One of my daughters favorite Christmas gifts.Published 20 months ago by April