Thursday, January 17, 2013

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf

When I found out that Alana was writing her own knitting related children's book I was beyond thrilled. As many of you know, I'm a kindergarten teacher and a big part of my day is spent reading picture books. Alana very kindly sent me a copy of the book to review. 

When it arrived, I cuddled up on the couch and read through Annie's story. The illustrations are so beautiful and as a knitter, I think we can all relate to Annie in some way. But to really get a good review on the book, I shared it with a different audience: my class. We read the story of Annie together. At the end of the story I asked, "What do you think we can learn from Annie?" Some of the responses were:

Knitting takes practice.
Try your best.
Be patient.
Take your time.
If you practice something you can get good at it.
A cat and a mouse can be friends.*
*A most interesting reply. Hey, they're five.

I followed this up by asking the children to share what their favorite part of the story was.

When she got better with the scarf.
The boy with the bubble gum. He looked funny.
When she showed her friends to knit.

Finally, I asked, "Does this remind you of anything?"

When my mom made me my blanket. 
My grandma knits.
When my dad taught me how to plant flowers.
When my mom knits. I think she knits. She plays with string for sure.*
*Another good one.

I was really pleased that the students enjoyed the story so much. One of my kids shouted out afterward, "Now are we going to learn to knit?!" Unfortunately, I teach half day kindergarten so there isn't much time for that. 

I think this is the perfect book to share with the little someone in your life. As you can see, there is more to the story than just knitting. You can find the book here

My favorite thing about the book? Besides the great illustrations, the fact that both Annie and her mother are wearing Never Not Knitting designs really made my day!


  1. Hahah a cat and mouse CAN be friends!
    That is so cute. I bought the book for my 2 year old son and we had such a good time doing the puzzle (deluxe edition) and he liked finding the mouse on every page too. ^_^

  2. "She plays with string for sure" - love it! Hmm, I have been eyeing this book ...

  3. I'll have to acquire that one! I love reading Extra Yarn to Zooey. I think if I read her enough knitting-related children's stories and surround her with enough wool maybe she'll develop a deep interest in knitting.

  4. This looksmlike such a cute book! And what a great lesson it teaches. You can teach finger knitting or there's been a Pin about arm knitting going around on Pinterest.


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