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Book Review: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

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extra yarnExtra Yarn 
Written by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen 
Published Balzer + Bray on January 17, 2012 
Genre/Topics: Magical Realism, Sharing, Humorous
Ages: 4+, 40 pages 
Awards: 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

 

Perhaps, I enjoyed Extra Yarn because I love to knit and crochet. Annabelle and her dog discover a small box filled with yarn of every color. Her entire town is either white due to snow or gray from the chimneys. Well, you can just imagine what Annabelle decides do to with all this colorful yarn. She knits a simple sweater for herself and dog, however there’s still extra yarn. Annabelle knits sweaters and hats for everyone in town, but there’s still extra yarn. Soon the town is no longer in shades of white and gray, but cheerful colors created with all the extra yarn. The words are simple with a few sentences on each page.

As a knitter and crocheter I agree, there’s always something you can make with a little extra yarn left over. Perhaps I should share some of my yarn creations.

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Thankful Thoughts: Warmth

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It’s now November and I live in the Northern Hemisphere in the Pacific Northwest. Translation: The weather is now getting cooler. I enjoy the snow, but fortunately it’s never a blizzard here. Although, the news will tell you differently. Today’s thankful thought is that I have a warm place to watch the snow (if there is any) from inside and not shivering outside. Here are a few scarves that I knitted. I wish I mastered skills to knit more items. I’ve made a blanket, but that’s basically a large scarf.