Children’s books

I’m finally making it a regular habit to get to the library, which I haven’t done since moving to Bama.  I was ridiculously spoiled with the KDL system at home and didn’t know it!  Don’t get me wrong, the library system here is pretty good, but since moving I’ve learned that I grew up with the cream of the crop library system and my standards are pretty darn high!  Anyways, there is a story time at a nearby library that is fabulous and I’m finally taking the younger two just about every week.  A side benefit of going to the story time is once again we’ve got a fresh crop of books going through our house on a regular basis.  K and J have a simple method for choosing books to take home.  Go to the shelf and grab one.  Don’t bother with any searching, just grab.  If it is on the top of a shelf or basket, it is clearly the best one.  We’ve come home with some good books, some pretty odd ones, and we’ve even had some intense negotiations to leave a few at the library.

Recently K stumbled upon an awesome find and I thought it might be a good idea to occasionally write about a book we’re reading.

ExtraYarnBookReview

Have you read it?  I hadn’t even heard of it till a few weeks ago but it is a new favorite of mine.  (Hint: Christmas present.)

Extra Yarn is about a girl who finds a box of colorful yarn during the gray days of winter.  She uses the yarn to knit a sweater for herself and her dog.  Then for a friend.  She still has yarn left so she knits sweaters for classmates and other people in the town.  And the yarn still doesn’t run out.  So she starts knitting sweaters for things that “don’t normally wear sweaters.”  Through her generosity and this amazing box of yarn she transforms a dreary town into a beautiful, colorful place.  Someone comes to buy the box from her, but she refuses to sell it, even when he offers her a huge amount of money. Since she won’t sell, the man steals the box.  Just when the outlook for the girl and the town look the bleakest the book resolves with a happy, beautiful, and simple ending.

K and I both love this book.  K loves the pictures and the magical quality of the story.  I love the generosity of the girl, the beauty she creates for those around her, and the failure of evil to triumph.

If you get a chance, visit your local library and check out this book.  Or you could visit Amazon and purchase a copy of Extra Yarn for yourself and me a friend.  (It’s worth a shot, right? 🙂 )

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