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Extra Yarn Hardcover – Picture Book, January 17, 2012
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“Understated illustrations and prose seamlessly construct an enchanting and mysterious tale.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Klassen’s deadpan, stylized illustrations impeccably complement Barnett’s quirky droll writing.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Klassen’s pacing, especially the mostly wordless sequence when the box floats back to Annabelle on a triangle of an iceberg, is impeccable. The final spread, all light and yarn-covered tree limbs, brings Barnett’s clever, quiet yarn full circle, to a little girl and a town, now colorful and happy.” (Horn Book (starred review))
“Reading like a droll fairy tale, this Barnett-Klassen collaboration is both seamless and magical. The spare, elegant text and art are also infused with plenty of deadpan humor. Quirky and wonderful, this story quietly celebrates a child’s ingenuity and her ability to change the world around her.” (Booklist (starred review))
- Lexile measure : AD550L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- ISBN-10 : 0061953385
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061953385
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- Dimensions : 8.6 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
- Publisher : Balzer + Bray; Illustrated edition (January 17, 2012)
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Reading level : 4 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love the book too because it has so many layers; it is easy for adults to appreciate the yarn as a metaphor for happiness. Klassen's powerful illustrations show us a dark, snow-covered landscape at the start of the book. Then Annabelle finds the box of yarn amidst this dreary backdrop and sets about knitting sweaters for everyone. We see her kindness and joy transform the bully, Nate, and his dog and her grumpy teacher, Mr. Norman, and the rowdy class. We see the people she knits sweaters for attached to each other by strands of yarn. People look happier and connected. The landscape brightens. Then the archduke enters and tries to buy her happiness and then tries to steal it but of course that does not work. Then he tries to curse her so she will suffer from the same lack of happiness that plagues him and his family but of course that does not prevent her happiness from finding her again. I love that message and I love this book.
Another one that bothered me was when the archduke got mad and cursed the little girl and her family to be unhappy. Meh. Not the kind of language or message I want to teach my 5 year old.
Despite its evident lessons, "Extra Yarn" avoids dullness and didacticism by simply telling readers a story rather than telling them what wisdom to extract. And by brilliantly and beautifully illustrating the seamless text with sparely drawn figures and landscapes . . . and the pattern little Annabelle knits to connect and warm them all.
The illustrations are fantastic, as they always are with this illustrator. I love how the scenes on each page slowly shift from dark and gloomy to colorful and cheerful as the story unfolds.
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