The Long Red Scarf

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A fresh story that vibrates with positive energy and that has a sweet, satisfying resolution. Grandpa loves the long, woolly blue scarf that his friend Jake wears on their fishing trips. He asks Great Aunt Maude to make him one, but she doesn't know how to knit. He asks pregnant Cousin Isabel, but she's too busy. In return for a dish of his homemade cookies, Izzy provides him with needles and yarn, and he knits the scarf himself. Now he and Jake can be found knitting an outfit for the new baby to wear when she'll come fishing with them. The story is quietly told with a rhythm that's calm and calming. There's repetition and a refrain to welcome and snare young readers. Better still is the fact that all of the characters are active, capable, and beyond limitations traditionally accorded to gender and age. Hilton's refusal to acknowledge stereotypes accounts for some of the book's vivacity; Power's lively colored-pencil drawings are responsible for the rest. Those who haven't heard the ``clicketty-clack'' of knitting needles since Margaret Wild's Mr. Nick's Knitting (HBJ, 1989) will receive this book with especially hearty enthusiasm and enjoyment. --Liza Bliss, Leominster Pub . Lib . , MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876145616
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1990
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.53 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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