A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows what knitting looks like and how sweaters come from it.
Without ever being preachy, the subtle message is clear: Those who are generous and open-hearted are rewarded. Those who are selfish and greedy lose in the end.
Positive Role Models
Annabelle is giving and kind, and she selflessly makes cozy sweaters for others just because she can. She's thoughtful and polite, even to the archduke, who tries to buy her off and resorts to stealing from her.
Violence & Scariness
The archduke puts a curse on Annabelle that she'll never be happy again, but she is. His curse has no power over her.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 2013 Caldecott Honor Book Extra Yarn is a charming story of generosity triumphing over greed that has a modern look but reads like a classic folk tale. Its protagonist is a low-key little girl who quietly transforms her community from a cold winter palette of black and white to a warm landscape of colorful cross-stitching after a magical box that never runs out of yarn lets her knits sweaters for humans, animals, buildings, cars, tricks, and trees alike. She even defeats a greedy royal, who sails from abroad and steals her magic box. Extra Yarn is a delightful read-aloud or read-alone with a gentle message about giving rather than taking.
Is It Any Good?
Extra Yarn is a fresh story of generosity triumphing over greed that has the feel of a classic folk tale, yet Jon Klassen's stylized, subtly comic illustrations seem totally modern. The action unfolds in a low-key but captivating way, then takes an even more folk-tale-like turn with the sudden arrival of the archduke on a sailing ship. The struggle over the yarn box and the mystery of its magic elevate the story to the realm of fable.
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