Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn
Illustrated by Jon Klassen, Written by Mac Barnett

Publisher’s Summary:
A young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community in this stunning picture book. With spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic.

Primary Source Pairing:
Annabelle is a knitter. Annabelle has found a magic box of yarn of every color. And so begins the story of Extra Yarn. Annabelle knits something for everyone in this delightful book. For this primary source pairing, invite students to study a pattern for knitting a scarf. For an extension activity, make knitting into a Makerspace activity. Start with something simple like this Finger Knitting for Beginners activity from Happy Homeschool Nest.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • How much of the text can you read? What does it say?
  • What do you see that looks strange or unfamiliar?
  • How are the words arranged?
  • In looking at this pattern, do you think you could knit this scarf?
  • What questions do you have when looking at this pattern?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Fitzgerald Scarf Pattern: www.tricksyknitter.com