Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

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Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a BIG sense of style--and it isn't at all like that of her mother, father, and older sister. Yet they all want her to dress just like them! Ella Sarah will have none of it--and when her flamboyantly dressed friends arrive, it's clear that Ella Sarah's favorite outfit is just right for her. Written and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, this spirited, Caldecott Honor-winning story
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Overview


Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a BIG sense of style--and it isn't at all like that of her mother, father, and older sister. Yet they all want her to dress just like them! Ella Sarah will have none of it--and when her flamboyantly dressed friends arrive, it's clear that Ella Sarah's favorite outfit is just right for her. Written and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, this spirited, Caldecott Honor-winning story
will gently nudge young children toward independence--providing plenty of exuberant colors and patterns to identify along the way.

Despite the advice of others in her family, Ella Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.

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Editorial Reviews

Parenting Magazine

"This little girl's declaration of independence may encourage originality in your child."
Publishers Weekly
A junior Diana Vreeland in blue sheep jammies, Ella Sarah coolly surveys her open armoire and announces that she will wear "my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flowers, my purple-and-blue striped socks, my yellow shoes, and my red hat." Family members try to dissuade her from an outfit that they deem too "dressy" or "fancy" or "silly" (the last comes from an older sister trying to pawn off some hand-me-downs). But Ella Sarah resists their admonitions and proves her sartorial instincts are "just right" when the occasion is a dress-up tea party with her friends. A gifted printmaker, Chodos-Irvine (Apple Pie Fourth of July) uses bright but well-modulated colors, sharply defined shapes and plenty of white space to give the pictures a strong graphic punch and convey a range of emotions. When Ella Sarah's ambitions collide with her mother's disapproval (however mild), Chodos-Irvine shows the confident girl's posture curving into a dejected "S"; when Ella Sarah reaches the breaking point, the illustrator depicts her fury by showing only Ella Sarah's hand on the left, with the toy cat she has thrown, flying across the spread. By conveying her heroine's perspective so convincingly, Chodos-Irvine makes the book's ending a triumph-and one that should strike a chord with dress-up fans everywhere. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Coordinating clothes are supposed to be good and something one learns from family and fashion magazines. Ella Sara does not seem to be the least bit influenced by the suggestions of her family member and does not seem to have the slightest interest in haught couture. She has decided that on this day she will wear her pink polka-dot pants, a dress with orange-and-green flowers, purple-and-blue striped socks, yellow shoes, and a red hat. Wow, that is a combination to knock your socks off! Ella Sarah gets herself dressed and just as she is done, the doorbell rings and in come a bunch of her friends. Guess what, they have also decided to dress just they way they please and that seems to be just fine. All of these kids are expressing themselves and showing a bit of independence, after all they are growing up and showing their individualism. A book that received a Caldecott Honor and a host of other awards when initially published, it is now available in an oversized board book form. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In typical toddler fashion, Ella Sarah has her own ideas about what she should wear and persists in her choices despite her family's suggestions. "Her father said, `That outfit is too fancy. Why don't you wear your yellow T-shirt with white shorts, and your tennis shoes?'" Ella Sarah replies with what becomes her refrain. "I want to wear my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flowers, my purple-and-blue striped socks, my yellow shoes, and my red hat!" At the end, her equally "well-dressed" friends arrive for a tea party. The larger-than-life family members tower over Ella Sarah, with only their torsos and legs showing. The exuberant illustrations, "created using a variety of printmaking techniques," dance and tumble across the pages, adding emotion to her refrain. The vibrant yellows, oranges, pinks, and purples work together surprisingly well-Ella Sarah doesn't look as shocking as one would imagine. This should be a hit at storytime or for one-on-one sharing.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A very determined young lady knows precisely what she wants to wear. Ella Sarah is in her jammies (with a pattern of white sheep on bright blue) and announcing that she wants to wear "my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flowers, my purple-and-blue striped socks, my yellow shoes, and my red hat." Mom, Dad, and big sister have other ideas for her attire, but Ella Sarah repeats her desired outfit emphatically at each suggestion. When readers see her friends gathered for a tea party, it’s clear that they all knew just what they wanted to wear--a riot of mismatched color and pattern. Chodos-Irvine uses printmaking for these fabulously patterned images, where wallpaper, rugs, and toys create wonderful rhythms. Ella Sarah’s body language, which goes from determined to dejected to defiant to dogmatic, contrasts with the posturing of her parents and sibling, seen from Ella Sarah’s point of view, heads cut off by the picture plane. A wonderfully realized artistic conceit with a storyline guaranteed to tickle the fancy of baby fashionistas and their families. (Picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher
[star] “A perfect read-aloud.”—Booklist (starred)
“This little girl’s declaration of independence may encourage originality in your child.”—Parenting
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152164133
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/31/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 111,903
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author


MARGARET CHODOS-IRVINE is the illustrator of several award-winning picture books. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Every family needs the lessons of Ella Sarah

    Love the book, it was one of my daughters favorites. The lesson is a basic concept but an important one. People need to be who they are, and in this instance, dress how they feel. We should let them use their creative minds to express themselves. It was actaully given to us as a gift originally when my daughter was about 3, and every copy we have bought, has been a gift for someone else. So, partly thanks to this book, I have had my own Ella Sarah since the beginning and I have respected her originality! Thanks Cousin Louise for introducing us to it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    a reviewer

    In this beautiful book, 'Ella Sarah Gets Dressed', by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Ella gets dressed for a tea party. Everybody tells her, 'Wear this, wear that!'. Ella Sarah does not want to wear those silly outfits. She wants to wear her 'pink polka-dotted pants, her dress with orange and green flowers, her purple and blue striped socks, her yellow shoes and her red hat!'. She finally got dressed and was out the door. Her friends thought her outfit was snazzy! I would recommend this book to girls because girls normally wear snazzy outfits. I hope you have fun reading this book, it's a great one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    A style all her own!

    Ella Sarah Gets Dressed is a 2004 Caldecott Honor Book. This book is a realistic fiction and is appropriate for infants through to preschool age children. This is a cute story about an ¿strong willed¿ little girl who wants to pick out her own clothes. When Ella Sarah got up one morning she said, ¿I want to wear my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flowers, my purple-and-blue striped socks, my yellow shoes, and my red hat¿. Throughout the book you see her family one-by-one trying to encourage Ella Sarah to wear something else, but Ella Sarah has different plans. This book is written and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. She is illustrated Buzz and Apple Pie Fourth of July. Ms. Chodos-Irvine lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters. Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Great book for children who want do do things their own way!

    Although Ella Sarah was only a little girl, she had a very big unique sense of style. When Ella Sarah picked out the outfit that she wanted to wear, ¿my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flowers, my purple-and-blue striped socks, my yellow shoes, and my red hat¿, each one of her family members tried to convince her to wear something else, but each time she said ¿no.¿ Would she ever find something that her parents would let her wear? Ella Sarah Gets Dressed is a great book for children who are learning to develop their own independence (and especially for children who are learning to dress themselves). The little girl in the book picked out her own unique outfit to wear, but just because her family didn¿t think it was ¿normal¿, they tried to make her wear something else. This book teaches children that it is okay to develop your own sense of individuality when you are developing your independence. It also teaches them that it is okay to like different things, even if others don¿t like it life would be boring if every one dressed and acted exactly the same. Margaret Chodos-Irvine lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and their two daughters. She wrote the book Ella Sarah Gets Dressed after a friend suggested that she write a book about how difficult it was to get her daughter dressed (for her daughter was picky about her clothes and would only wear what she wanted to wear). Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2003. RL: Infants to PreK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Review for class

    Have you ever wore an outfit that you liked, but your family didn't? Read Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, and you can find out whether or not her family liked her outfit! However according to the book 'Ella Sarah thought her outfit was just right' and you know what? 'So did her friends.' Margaret Chodos-Irvine wrote this book, she lives in Seattle Washington and illustrates many of her own works. Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed. New York: Harcourt, 2003.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2006

    Ella Sarah Gets Dressed Review

    At first I thought, Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, was about a little girl that her family was too embarrassed to let her out of the house in the outfit she picked out. I thought it was good that no matter who tried to persuade Ella Sarah differently she always stayed with what she wanted. She was an independent little girl that could make up her own mine about what she wanted to do. I believe this book will teach children that it is okay to be different and you like something that someone else does not. Margaret Chodos-Irvine is the author and illustrator of Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, a Caldecott Honor Book, and the illustrator of several other highly praised picture books. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, is about a little girl that gets up one morning and picks out an outfit. None of her family members like the outfit and try to get her to wear something else. Each time Ella Sarah refuses to wear what her family picks out. In the end everything turns out okay and others like what she wears. ¿Ella Sarah thought her out was just right¿¿¿¿And so did her friends¿. This is the part of the story were Ella Sarah gets dressed and is admiring herself in the mirror. She thinks she looks good. Then, the doorbell rings and she goes to get the door. Her friends are at the door and dressed similar as she is. They like her outfit. Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed. New York: Harcourt Books, 2003. Grade Level: 2nd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    A must read book

    This book was very comical. It displayed the fight that a child will go through to wear what they want to, regardless of how silly it looks. It displays what children's priorities are, and how they do not step down. The pictures were wonderful and the story was very entertaining. It gives you the point of view from a child, and their feelings when the want to get dressed. I would definatly recommend this book to any person who has a young daughter who likes giggling, and same with yourself. The book has cute pictures and wording, and even an easy book to memorize! Ella Sarah Gets Dressed hopefully will find a place in the hearts of you and your child's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    A Perfect Fit!

    A cute picture book that is a perfect fit for all kids! This story about a child getting dressed for the day describes everyone when they were a kid - all she wants to do is dress her way. We all have a little bit of Ella Sarah in us we just want to be ourselves. This is a great book to read to your kids and students!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Awesome book! My daughter's favorite

    We first checked this book out at the library and now I am buying it for her for her birthday. This is my three-year-old daughter's favorite book! She has already memorized the book and giggles everytime Ella Sarah tells her family 'No!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2004

    For Junior Fashion Divas!

    Does your kid know better than you, when it comes to what she/he wants to wear? Celebrate that fashion sense with this adorable book! Great illustrations, and a wonderful little story!

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