Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Knitting-Themed Books...for Kids.

In a previous post, I added my voice to the chorus of Harry Potter fan-fiction [Chapter 3 3/4:  Hagrid Knits, July 2009], but have not yet addressed books which involve knitting and are of interest to YOUNGER children.  I was reminded of this when I read of the recent publication of a lovely new children's book, Phoebe's Sweater, which even includes a pattern ...and considered buying it until I realized that I would have to Gorilla glue my son's south-sides to the chair to engage them with such an estrogen-soaked book.

So, for those of you with Kids (even sons)...here are my suggestions for books that will keep both you AND your boys interested until one of you falls asleep:

Best Illustrations:  Pre-and beginning reader- Crab Cab:  Flip a Word by Harriet Ziefert with darling Japanese anime-style illustrations by Yukiko Kido

Best Illustrations:  Classic:  Fin M'Coul:  The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie de Paola

Best Illustrations:  New:  Russel the Sheep by Rob Scotton

Most Educational, Theme: Warm as Wool, by Scott Russel Sanders [despite the cover illustration, this does feature some boys]

Classic, Theme:  Crictor, by Tomi Ungerer.  [Snakes always work for boys  ;-)  ]

Best New, Theme:  Ice Harbor Mittens , by Robin Hansen (originally published WITH pattern in Piecework, Jan/Feb 2010)  About boys lost at sea utilizing "Compass Mittens" to find their way home.

Best Overall, Theme: ...Most hilarious and book most beloved by all three of my sons:  Traction Man is Here!, by Mini Grey.  This photo series will give a pretty good synopsis.

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