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Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  935 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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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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
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
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
Cindy Mittendorfer
I really enjoyed this book. The pictures in it completely related to the texts and showed the storyline. I especially liked that Ella was the only one with a face and body. Everyone else in her family was way bigger and they didn't show their whole self. This showed how little but mighty Ella was. Although she was so little she stood up for what she wanted. She knew what she wanted to wear from the very beginning. It was very crazy and mix matched but she knew what she wanted. Her mother, father ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It showed that the main character wanted to be independent and wear an outfit she picked out herself. It reminded me of my little cousin and how she wants to do everything on her own. My cousin would get mad if her parents try to help her in any way. I think that if children read this book they would gain a little independence and maybe want to choose their next outfit for the following day.

I loved how the illustrations had so many bright colors. I also enjoyed the re
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by: Margaret Chodos-Irvine was a cleverly written way of letting young children know that individuality is quite alright! Even when people tell you that you are being too dressy or too silly, being yourself is always the way to go. In this book young Ella Sarah wants to wear the most outrageous outfit that anyone in her family has ever heard of! They do their very best to convince her that wearing a plain outfit would be better but Ella Sarah does not listen. She sticks t ...more
Kathryn Herbert
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, a storybook by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, is about a young girl who has a mind and style of her own. For being little, Ella Sarah sure does have a big sense of style, especially in comparison to her parents and older sister. She is confident and determined to rock her pink polka-dot pants, purple-and-blue striped socks, red hat, and yellow shoes. However, Ella Sarah’s family does not feel the same way about her bold fashion statements. Instead, they want her to try on more ...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
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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
Haley Dowty
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a very predictable story. The repetition of "I want to wear 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," help the reader to predict what is going to be said next. I think children would like that they can figure out what is coming next in the story. Ella Sarah also teaches the children to be original and who they are by wearing what she wants even if her fa ...more
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.
Ella Sarah has a very different style than the other members of her family, but they always want her to dress like them. Chodos-Irvine uses Ella Sarah to teach children that there is nothing wrong with being an individual. Through Ella Sarah deciding that she will dress in what she thinks is stylish instead of what others see as stylish children will see that they too should follow their own heart.
The illustrations in this story are very brightly colored and seem like some could be cut outs. Man
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,
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.
Awarded a 2004 Caldecott-Honor Award, Ella Sarah Gets Dressed follows one preschooler's early-morning decision about what to wear. Despite objections from family members that her clothing choices are “too dressy”, “too fancy”, and “too silly”, Ella Rae refuses to give in, presenting a powerful message to young girls; by taking control over what they wear young girls can also express their individuality and develop their self-esteem. Moreover, young readers can exercise power over their day-to-da ...more
(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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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.
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