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Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

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Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a BIG sense of style--and it isn't at all like that of her mother, father, and older sister. Yet they all want her to dress just like them! Ella Sarah will have none of it--and when her flamboyantly dressed friends arrive, it's clear that Ella Sarah's favorite outfit is just right for her. Written and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irv...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Caldecott Honor Books
40th out of 238 books — 134 voters
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Children's picture books with strong females
5th out of 114 books — 69 voters


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Amanda
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
Summary: Ella Sarah is a girl who has a mind of her own. She knows what she wants especially when it comes to what she wears. She wants to wear her “pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange and green flowers, my purple and blue striped socks, my yellow shoes and my red hat” Her mother suggests a more basic outfit but Ella Sarah said “no”. Her father wants her to wear a tee-shirt and shorts but she says “no.” Her sister wants her to wear one of her old outfits but Ella Sa...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
True to real life, but kind of borrrring.......

For the much younger child

Ella Sarah knows exactly what she wants to wear: pink polka-dot pants, a dress with orange and green flowers, purple and blue striped socks, yellow shoes, and a red hat. Her family tries to persuade her to wear a more conventional outfit, but she absolutely refuses to wear anything that they suggest. Ella Sarah has a clear idea of how she wants to look and she is determined to have her own way. Later, her young friends arri...more
Della Bowens
This book is about a girl named Ella Sarah who wanted to dress herself in this crazy outfit. Her mom, dad, and sister told her not to wear whet she wanted to wear because it was silly, too fancy, or too dressy. Ella was not pleased and threw a mini fit and decided to wear what she wanted. At the end of the story the little girl is playing with her friends in the outfit she wanted to wear. There were many things that I didn't like about this book. 1. the girl throws a fit about what outfit she w...more
Hannah Rich
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed is such a cute book for young readers who also love doing things for themselves. Ella Sarah does not want to be told what to do by her mother, father, or older sister; she just wants to wear what she thinks looks good! Making decisions for yourself is a big step for children who want to feel like "big kids!" Furthermore, Ella Sarah's friends also agreed that her outfit was perfect for an afternoon tea party, and they wore similar tea party attire!

The illustrations done b...more
Adrienne
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Cari Williams
Ella Sarah Gets Dresses is a fun story of individuality. The little girl named Ella Sarah wants to dress herself and her parents try to convince her that what she wants to wear is not as good as what she wants to wear. She wants to wear a lot of clothes that do not match and are a little crazy when put together. Her parents want her to wear something that is a little more understated and matches. But since Ella Sarah has a vibrant personality she ends up wearing the outfit that she picks out. I...more
Anna
Precious! Totally the cutest book ever! Ella wants to dress a certain way and no one wants to let her until she has a fit. At the end of the story, when she's finally ready, you see why she is dressed perfectly. Love the illustrations too.
Brittany Tatum
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed is about a little girl who is trying to find something to wear. She has something in mind that she wants to wear but her family keeps making suggestions on what they think she should wear. However, she puts on what she originally wanted to wear and fits in perfectly with her friends.

I thought the story was okay because it didn't seem to contain much plot. It also seemed to be a little repetitive in that her family kept making suggestions on what she should wear. However,...more
Melanie Sparks
Ella Sarah is a typical toddler who loves to dress in ridiculously silly outfits. I enjoyed this book because it reminded me of not only myself as a small child, but my two year old as well. I enjoyed the ending the most where Ella Sarah and her friends are together and they love her outfit, while they are wearing outfits that are equally ridiculous. :) I think it effectively teaches children patterns and colors, however I did not think it taught children a good lesson. I feel like Ella Sarah ge...more
Laura Siegel
Adorable story about a little girl who knows what she wants. Know any of those? Darling illustrations.
(NS) Lauren
Grade/Interest Level: Pre-K-1

Ella Sarah is a little girl who knows what she likes. In spite of her family members' advice, she is determined to wear the unique outfit she has put together for herself.

This example of realistic fiction has a message most everyone will be able to relate to: being proud of the unique person you are. The text is accessible for early readers, and the large, colorful illustrations often span across the pages. The fact that Ella is the "star" of this story is highlight...more
(NS) Brea M
Margaret Chodos-Irvine’s Ella Sarah Gets Dressed is perfect for preschool-kindergarten children, although it can be appreciated by readers of all ages. Young Ella Sarah is a kid with flair, and she has a special outfit in mind: "my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flowers, my purple-and-blue striped socks, my yellow shoes, and my red hat." Mom, Dad, and Big Sister offer alternate ensembles, complaining that Ella Sarah's outfit is "too dressy" and "too silly," but Ella Sarah i...more
David
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a story of a little girl who insists on picking her own outfit to wear, despite other suggestions from her family.

The bold, bright illustrations were created using a variety of printmaking techniques on Rives paper. My favorite images are blue outfit, yellow T-shirt, fist shaking, getting dressed, red hat, friends, and party. The many patterns should attract young viewers. Particularly striking are the double page spreads of the red hat, mirro...more
Israel Graves
(Patterned/ Predictable Books)I think this book is simply amazing. The colors are bright and bold and go right along with text as any childrens picture book should! The illustations focused solely on Ella Sarah and her clothing. Although other dialogue from other characters was in the book their faces were not shown which kept the focus on Ella Sarah and the bright colors of her clothing. I liked that the pages were broken up into white pages with little illustration whereever the pattern of Ell...more
Diana Luna
Growing up, we are told that we can be whatever we dream to be. This may be true but what if some people just do not understand why you do what you do? Ella Sarah Gets Dressed is a Caldecott winner and it is a short picture book about a little girl named Ella who is getting dressed. Ella Sarah wants to mix and match a bunch of different outfits that clearly do not go together. Each member of her family tells her to go and try something else on but Ella Sarah does not like that is suggested. She...more
Betsie Johnson
PATTERN/PREDICTABLE
This patterned book is about a girl named Ella Sarah, who wants to wear the clothes she picked out for the day. It is relatable to small children because this is something that almost every child experiences. They want the independence of picking their own clothes, even though they may look absolutely ridiculous to the rest of the world. That's just what Ella Sarah does. On the first page, she says, "I want to wear my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flower...more
Davina Cuffee
1) Picture Book-Concept (Colors/Patterns)

2) When Ella Sarah wants to get dressed in her personally selected outfit, her family tries to persuade her to wear something else. After expressing that she only wanted to wear her flamboyant, multi-colored, multi-colored outfit, she simply gets dressed and joins her friends who dress just like her.

3a) Illustrations

3b) The illustrations really made the book come to life. From left to right, top to bottom, there was something to capture the eye. The brigh...more
Q_Ayana
Toddler Ella Sarah wants to wear her combination of pink polka-dot pants, orange-and-green flowered dress, purple-and-blue striped socks, yellow shoes, and red hat. Yet, her mother, father, and big sister try to suggest other options, to convince her to wear something more appropriate. Nonetheless, Ella Sarah insists on wearing what SHE chooses to wear…and she does just that. “Ella Sarah thought her outfit was just right. And so did her friends.” With all of the elements of a true picture book,...more
Chelsea
“Ella Sarah Gets Dressed”- is a children’s Caldecott honor picture book by Margaret Chodes-Irvine. This picture book is literally about a little girl named Ella Sarah getting dressed. Sarah is stubborn in that she only wants to wear her “pink polka-dot pants, her dress with orange-and-green flowers, her purple- and -blue striped socks, her yellow shoes, and her red hat.” Although Sarah’s mother, father, and sister try and persuade her to wear something different- Sarah firmly stands her ground a...more
Holly Heuglin
"Ella Sarah Gets Dressed," by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a Caldecott Honor winning picture book that is very repetitive, but would be great to read to the younger crowd. Ella Sarah wants to wear her "pink polka-dot pants, [her] dress with orange and green flowers, [her] purple and blue striped socks, [her] yellow shoes and [her] red hat," but her parents think that outfit is just way to crazy for her to wear that day! Demanding as she is, Ella Sarah won't let the outfit go until her parents give...more
Amy Musser
Ella Sarah knows exactly what she wants to wear this morning:

“My pink polka-dot pants,
my dress with orange-and-green flowers,
my purple-and-blue striped socks,
my yellow shoes,
and my red hat.”

Unfortunately, the rest of Ella Sarah’s family has other ideas. Her mother thinks the outfit is too dressy and suggests she wear a nice blue dress. Her father thinks she should wear her yellow T-shirt and white shorts. And her sister pulls out her old overalls. But Ella Sarah is adamant and so she puts on her...more
Caitlin
Citation: Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. (Harcourt, 2003). 40 p. Contemporary Picture book.
Summary: Ella Sarah has a very particular idea of what she wants to wear today. She refuses her mother, her father, and her sister when they suggest more traditional outfits and insists on a colorful combination of her favorites. She finds she is perfectly dressed when her friends arrive for a tea party.

Critique: a) This book’s unique illustrations as demonstrated through a variety of...more
Yesenia
A great picture book is Ella Sarah gets dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. This is a great book because it celebrates children’s creativity and independence. In this modern age, students are told by the media how they should dress and think. This book however teaches just the opposite, to dress how you feel, to let others know who you are and have fun. The book audience for the book is kindergartners to first graders. This is an issue children face and Ella Sarah gives insightful advice.
The ar...more
Holly Smith
In "Ella Sarah Gets Dressed" we see a little girl who loves "fashion". Ella Sarah, who seems to be getting ready for something has picked out an outfit for the day that she is set on wearing; pants that have pink polka-dots, a dress with green and orange flowers, purple and blue striped socks, her yellow shoes, and a red hat. Throughout the story we see her family members giving her different options to wear until Ella Sarah decides shes going to wear what she wants no matter what they think. Wh...more
Kristin Carney
I actually really enjoyed this book. The illustrator did an awesome job with capturing my attention with all the bright colors and shapes that was used on each page. I also loved the story line of the book because as kids we argue about what we want and sometimes our parents let us get what we want even if its not the best thing, and in this case its not the most fashionable thing. I also like how child friendly this book was and could really see other children loving this book.
Hope Garland
This 2004 Caldecott Honor Book is about a little girl with a strong but unusual fashion sense resisting her family's attempts to have her dress more like they do. In the end Ella Sarah held her ground on her outfit and she has a party with her friends who are dressed in a similar way and love Ella Sarah's outfit. The pictures in this story are simple, sweet, and bright. I love how the artist portrayed Ella Sarah's outfit of choice. It was bright, wild, and looked strangely good altogether. I wou...more
Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy
This book, about a little girl named Ella, can be very relatable to young boys and girls. In it Ella wants to dress herself, something other then what her mom wants her to wear. She was very persistent the whole time, denying what her mom wanted her to wear every time. The pages would switch off between being very colorful and busy to just a white background showing Ella and her expression. It helped to empathize how much she wanted to wear the outfit that she picked out. By her wearing that out...more
Chelsea
A cute and simple story about a little girl who knows what she wants. Ella Sarah is just like every other little kid who wants to pick out their own clothes. No matter how many options you suggest to them, it just won't do. That's the way things play out in this story about Ella Sarah. This tiny diva wanted to wear what she had in mind and that was it!
This story provided a very realistic interpretation of what all parents go through with their children. Each kid has that stage of wanting to hav...more
Brittney Griffith
Ella Sarah loves her style. She knows what she wants to wear and while the rest of her family doesn't agree with her style and tries to push their own style onto her, she refuses. She gets mad, throws her teddy bear, and wears her own clothes in her own unique way. While I do not agree with the way that Ella Sarah throws a temper tantrum in the book, I think this is something you can address with the young student you are reading the book with. You can ask questions like "have you ever thrown a...more
Krista
I really, really enjoyed reading Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos- Irvine. I think this story would be very suitable for young children and I see them really enjoying the storyline. Ella Sarah is a young girl living in a household full of dull dressers. She has a free spirit of her own and really strives to be unique. Her independence is discouraged by her family but that doesn't stop her! She loves beautiful colors and wild patterns. This type of story could really help show kids that...more
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