Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

Book - 2012
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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: New York : Balzer & Bray, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061953385
Branch Call Number: J PICTURE BOOK BAR
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Klassen, J. - Illustrator


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Jun 29, 2018


SPPL_Anna Mar 25, 2018

Absolutely lovely

Feb 13, 2017

.@AkronArtMuseum Perfect book for this film! https://akronartmuseum.org/calendar/film-iyarni/10996

Nov 30, 2016

Absolutely perfect book. Was a hit with my 5 and 2 year old. Cute illustration and lovely story.

Jan 10, 2016

Imaginative way to learn morals and feed the creative mind.

CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

This is a gentle story where magic comes from the simplest of places and where kindess is key. Just perfect for curling up by the fire. Knitting your own sweater for the occasion is optional, of course.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/extra_yarn_barnett

Anushka Marvin
Jul 12, 2015

Favourite book and recommended.

Jordan__B Apr 22, 2015

This lovely book makes for a captivating read aloud title for elementary-aged kids. Sweetness and humour in perfect measure.

KCLS_Gerry Nov 28, 2014

In a snowy world, all black and white, Annabelle knits and knits filling her world with color and warmth.

Oct 18, 2014

Extra Yarn is about a little girl who finds a box of yarn. She begins to knit, but she has leftover yarn. So she uses that leftover yarn to knit things for everyone and everything in town. But news spreads about her never-ending box of yarn and an archduke comes to buy it. The little girl won't sell so the archduke steals it. But the box is empty when he opens it. He throws a tantrum and curses the little girl.

At first this book had an optimistic message. The town is black and white and apparently grumpy, but begins to color with every item the girl knits. She spreads joy wherever she knits. But then this archduke enters the scene. He brings violence to the story by stealing into her house to take the box and sending a family curse of unhappiness down on the girl because he didn't get what he wanted.

There were several things about this story that did not work. First was the language of the writing. It contained sentences that were too long without stopping which made them sound very awkward. I felt like I was reading an English translation of a very old folk tale. Here is an example: "And even after she'd made a sweater for Nate and his dog, and for herself and for Mars, she still had extra yarn."

Then an archduke enters the story. He belongs in a completely different time period from this story so he is out of place. It seemed like the writer needed an antagonist for the story so he pulled one from thin air. And why does the archduke have to be so nasty like a bad gothic novel? This, again, is out of place for a children's picture book.

I feel like the author had an idea in his head, but was unable to come across the way he meant to here. I was often lost and did not understand all that I was meant to. Perhaps the author was trying to be too deep when a simple story about a little girl who brightens up her town would have sufficed.

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