Extra Yarn

Author:  Mac Barnett
Illustrator:  Jon Klassen
      I first fell in love with the quirky and gentle illustrations of Mac Barnett’s book; then I embraced the story.  Extra Yarn is a picture book about the magic of kindness and generosity.  A gray town becomes colorful with the help of a box of yarn and a little girl named Annabelle. She seems to never run out of yarn as she knits clothing for everyone – beautifully fashioned colored clothing that brings warmth to people, animals, and objects, as well.  Enter the greedy archduke who tries to steal the yarn box for himself.
     Teachers understand that picture books provide a powerful tool for inspiring students to engage in meaningful learning activities, such as problem solving.  Extra Yarn may be used in surprising ways  in the classroom; from introducing math skills to reinforcing character traits.
     Parents & grandparents who simply want to share this book with a loved one, may find it interesting to see how many specific learning objectives can be directly inspired from the pages of a well-written children’s book.
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Here are some ideas on how to use this book as a launch pad for some summer crafts:
Deni Corbett

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