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Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012
40 pages
ISBN: 978𢠢61953385

Ages 48

An original tale begins with a little girl named Annabelle finding a box of magic yarn that never runs out. She knits sweaters for everyone she knows, and then she knits 搒weaters for things that didn抰 even wear sweaters. Soon everything in her once dismal town, from bare winter trees to houses and cars, wears a nubbly coat of color. Word spreads and it isn抰 long before an archduke arrives, wanting to buy the box of yarn. Annabelle politely declines. So the archduke steals it. But when he gets back home and opens the box, it抯 empty. 揧ou will never be happy again! he curses, thinking of Annabelle as he throws the box out his castle window. But it抯 a magic box, and it knows exactly to whom it belongs. Mac Barnett抯 whimsical, wonderfully paced story spins its own kind of magic, leaving plenty of room for children to decide on an explanation. Barnett抯 folkloric outing is paired with masterfully understated illustrations by Jon Klassen梕ven the colors of the yarn are muted, although still a striking contrast to the shades of gray that defined Annabelle抯 town before the box抯 arrival.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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