What You Need to Know:|
• Perfect to read aloud as children will enjoy the repeated description of what Ella Sarah does not want to wear.
• Readers will feel satisfied in the end when they see that the outfit she chooses really is okay – and her step toward
independence is complete.
• The illustrations are integral to the story, moving it along with vibrant colors and excellent use of white space as Ella
Sarah pauses and makes her decision known.
• The adults, telling Ella Sarah what to do, are not visible from the neck up, further emphasizing that the story is Ella
• The way her body turns, faces and moves off the page offers a clear insight into what Ella Sarah is thinking.
• Look for the board book version published in 2008.
Ella Sarah has a mind of her own and this book addresses those feelings. It is told completely from her point of view. Ella Sarah picks out an unusual combination (think lots of colors and patterns) of things to wear – well at least unusual to everyone else. Her mother, father and older sister try to get Ella Sarah to try different, more conventional outfits that fit their idea of the right look. Ella Sarah says, “No!” and sticks to her guns. On the last page of the book, as she opens the door to see her other kids dressed for fun, we see that it is the perfect choice for the occasion – a tea party with friends. Some readers may think this story gives kids an open ticket to do whatever they want but this last page shows that she is dressed appropriately for this occasion – that doesn’t mean she gets her way every time.
2003, 40 pages
Award Winners, Family, Individuality
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