Sally and the Purple Socks

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Sally's Purple Socks: They keep growing and growing and growing . . .

Sally's purple socks have finally arrived and she can't wait to try them on. Oops, she forgot to include the size when she ordered them. But they're so warm and comfortable. She lounges in them, cleans house in them, even dances in them. But wait, is it just Sally or are her socks . . . growing?! And growing! ?Dry Clean Only? takes on a whole new meaning in this adorable and wonderfully illustrated tale about ...

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Overview

Sally's Purple Socks: They keep growing and growing and growing . . .

Sally's purple socks have finally arrived and she can't wait to try them on. Oops, she forgot to include the size when she ordered them. But they're so warm and comfortable. She lounges in them, cleans house in them, even dances in them. But wait, is it just Sally or are her socks . . . growing?! And growing! ?Dry Clean Only? takes on a whole new meaning in this adorable and wonderfully illustrated tale about an out-of-control pair of socks and their enchanting owner. A genuine delight for children.

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PreS-Gr 1- Sally the duck has ordered some purple socks. When they arrive, they are much too small, but a note states that the garments will grow to the size ordered. After "some airing," the socks fit perfectly, but then they keep expanding. As they get bigger, she uses them for a hat-and-scarf set, then curtains, then as blankets. Before long, Sally has purple carpeting throughout her house. Eventually, the purple socks ooze out the windows and doors and into the street where they block traffic. Sally hauls them into her backyard, constructs a large tent, and invites her neighbors to a circus. All goes well until it starts to rain, causing the purple blobs to shrink back to socks that are just Sally's size. The illustrations are done in flat yellow, white, green, and purple gouache paint, outlined in brushed black ink. Sally's head and beak area is all white with tiny dot eyes, making her appear a bit ghostly. Children may be amused as the situation gets more and more out of hand, and this book could be used as part of a clothing-themed storytime. An additional purchase.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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With a pared-down text and artfully minimalist illustrations in spring green and purple, Bechtold tells the imaginative tale of a magical pair of socks ordered from a catalog by a duck named Sally. The purple socks come with a note saying that they will grow to the correct size. At first the socks are too small, and then just the right fit, but soon they begin growing at an exponential rate. The socks serve as a cap and scarf, curtains, blankets and finally as a carpet that grows right out the window, blocking traffic. The innovative duck moves her enormous socks into her backyard, where they become a circus tent for a neighborhood show. A rainstorm shrinks the socks back down to size, so that Sally can wear them once again as she sits by her fire reading a catalog featuring...more socks. Perfectly in tune with the young child's uncanny ability to find wonder in the most quotidian of objects, Sally's quirky story will delight. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399247347
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisze Bechtold lives in California.

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