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A great yarn

17 Jan

Those of you who know me, are well aware of my love, nay obsession, with knitting. A perfect Saturday for me is sitting on my sofa knitting, with a basset on each side, listening to a book.

So, when this little gem crossed my path

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I was in heaven.  I could have been this yarn obsessed little girl. The one thing people don’t often realize about knitting is that one can only make so many things for one’s self. A huge part of knitting is the pleasure to be found in knitting for others. Annabelle gets is, as does Mac Barnett. From knitting for herself and her dog, Annabelle moves on to friends, neighbors ( even “Mr. Crabtree, who never wore sweaters or even long pants, and who would stand in his shorts with the snow up to his knees”), animals, vehicles and buildings, without ever running out of yarn. Enter the evil archduke who arranges to steal the box in which the endless far resides, because Annabelle will not sell it. I won’t spoil the ending because I’m pretty sure you can make some good predictions. This is my favorite picture book of 2013 and I have great hopes that it might win the Caldecott.

Extra Yarn got me thinking about a book my twin sister, Andrea, gave me for Christmas at the beginning of my teaching career. Alas, it appears to be out of print or very hard to find.  I certainly can’t find my copy.  But, if you can get your hands on Something Absolutely Enormous  by Margaret Wild, I highly recommend it.

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This is a more comical book than Extra Yarn. I used to use it with my 4th graders when we learned about writing great endings to stories. I read the majority of the text, but left off the ending. An old teacher trick, but effective. You wouldn’t believe the really creative ideas the kids came up with. I even thought some of them rivaled the actual ending. Now that this book is on my radar again, I’m on the lookout for a good (cheap) copy.

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