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 If you want to knit some mittens
 Author: Salas, Laura Purdie

 Publisher:  Boyds Mills Press, (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 25 cm

 BTSB No: 774605 ISBN: 9781629795645
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Knitting -- Fiction
 Mittens -- Fiction
 Sheep -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

A girl follows 18 steps to knit mittens--from bringing home a sheep to carding, spinning, and dyeing the wool to knitting the mittens. But along the way, her mischievous sheep creates chaos and wins her heart. By wintertime, the girl has sunny-yellow mittens, the sheep has a sunny-yellow hat, and together they're ready for adventure.

 Illustrator: Matteson, Angela

   Booklist (10/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 10/01/2021 In a picture book with a rural setting, a girl offers advice for kids who, like her, want to knit mittens. It’s a surprisingly lengthy process that unfolds in 18 steps (ironically including no knitting instructions) beginning with “Step 1: Get a sheep.” While her father purchases apples from an orchard, she talks him into buying a sheep as well. Other steps involve sheep shearing, fleece washing, wool carding, spinning, dyeing, and eventually, “Get some knitting needles and learn to knit. Let your fingers fly. Click-clack! Slip-snip! Knit some mittens.” In the final scene, the girl wears her mittens as she and her sheep sled down a snow-covered hill together. Throughout the story, the girl works hard, diligently following instructions, while the artwork reveals the rambunctious sheep, a piglet, and some chicks carrying out a series of shenanigans, just for fun. Salas’ text sets a playful tone, and Matteson makes the most of it in the colorful, occasionally madcap illustrations. An appealing picture book about mitten making, with a good deal of merrymaking along the way. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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