Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story

Title: Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story

Author: Deborah Hopkinson; Illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Publisher: G. P. Putnan's Sons

ISBN: 9780399252419

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I was interested to see what knitting and World War I had to do with each other.


A young boy wants to be patriotic and help with the war, like his father, but of course he's too young.  His mother suggests knitting, but knitting isn't for boys!  Or is it?  He soon discovers everyone is helping, and when a knitting bee is announced in class he decides he and his friends are going to win.  But knitting isn't easy and Mikey only gets one sock done right.  But perhaps one sock can still make a difference?  But you'd have to read it to learn how.

This isn't a super adorable book.  Nor does it have a lovely catchy rhythm or great vocab (not that the vocab is bad - just nothing stressed).  But it's interesting.  It speaks a lot of how people can support each other and of compassion.  With the added history and of course, gender issues.  It's not the type of book I'll be exclaiming about everywhere, but I still enjoyed it.  And I think it could definitely have it's place in education.  Especially with the author's note and the pictures on the inside covers.

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