Picture Book Review: EXTRA YARN

“On a cold afternoon, in a cold little town, where everywhere you looked was either the white of snow or the black of soot from chimneys, Annabelle found a box filled with yarn of every color.”

Extra Yarn is the story of a girl who finds a magical yarn box. With the box, she brings a bit of color to her town, until a mean archduke arrives. The illustrations begin in black and white with the use of color to show how many lives the girl has touched by sharing her extra yarn.

A fun activity would be to teach children the basics of knitting.

Themes: Emotions, Sharing

Title: Extra Yarn
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061953385
ISBN-13: 978-0061953385

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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

15 thoughts on “Picture Book Review: EXTRA YARN”

  1. I love the premise of this book. I’m the annoying mom who always made my kids stop and look at the beautiful colors of the sunset. Now, they point the sunset out to me and we talk about the range of colors. As a knitter, I love this book even more. I’ve always loved knitting with bright and varying colors to create a final piece. Great entry.

  2. This story sounds delightful! I will definitely have to check it out. And what a fun way to introduce knitting. I think it’s great for kids to learn crafts like knitting, crocheting etc – creative things they can do with their hands. Thanks so much for sharing this one, Nessa!

  3. Hi Nessa,
    What a great story for PPBF! I love the idea of the magic box of yarn helping add color to the town…kids will love the courage and ingenuity of our heroine. πŸ™‚ Another good art/craft idea might be to make a yarn mosaic by glueing colorful pieces of yarn to a piece of cardboard OR a yarn covered pencil holder made by glueing colorful pieces of yarn around an empty juice or soup can. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for visiting my post…glad you liked Millions of Cats!

  4. I just saw this book on my library’s list of highlighted PBs and made a note to pick it up. Now I’m even more sure to do that. Love stories about open-ended creativity.

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