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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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Della Bowens
Feb 06, 2013 Della Bowens rated it did not like it
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
Amanda
Sep 30, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
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NSAndrew Liebergen
Oct 08, 2009 NSAndrew Liebergen rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
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Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
Like many toddlers, Ella Sarah has her own ideas about what she should wear and persists in making her own choices despite her family's suggestions. Kids will definitely see themselves as the spunky and determined Ella Sarah as they chant her refrain: "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!" At the end, her equally "well-dressed" friends arrive for a tea party. The illustrations do a good ...more
Pat Whitaker
Jan 27, 2016 Pat Whitaker rated it it was amazing
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a story about a girl who was about to get dressed for the day. She went to her closet to see what she wanted to wear. She decided that she wanted 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. Ella Sarah’s family members did not agree with her choices and made other recommendations for her. Ella Sarah’s mother felt her chosen outfit was too dress ...more
Patricia Oxendine
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a beautifully illustrated children’s book. The book is colorful with large bright colored pictures throughout the book. There was no way of determining Ella Sarah’s race or ethnicity. Most children would have been able to identify with Ella Sara. I liked this book because it reframes the thinking of parents about letting children choose their own clothes. Moreover, it illustrates a positive way that children can be assertive in expressing thei ...more
Whitney
Ella Sarah is a little girl who seems to be very independent because she has a mind of her own. She knows what she wants to wear so she decided that she wanted to dress herself. Ella Sarah has a wide sense of style and her mother, father and big sister doesn't like it. They think she should dress like them but with Ella Sarah already having her mind made up she is not having that. She wanted to wear pink polka-dot pants, a dress with orange and green flowers, purple and blue stripped socks, yell ...more
LaRochelle Watson
Jan 23, 2016 LaRochelle Watson rated it really liked it
Book Title: Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
Author: Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Rating: 4

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed is about a little girl that wants to wear a fancy outfit, but her parents and older sister try to discourage her from wearing this fancy outfit. In the end of the book Ella Sarah gets her way and wears her outfit. The reason why she wanted to wear this outfit is because her friends are also dressing up in their fancy clothes. I think that the main purpose of this book is for children to not be swa
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Qualisha White
Jan 20, 2016 Qualisha White rated it liked it
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed By Margaret Chodos-Irvine

This book is about a girl name Ella Sarah who wanted to wear a certain outfit which was her pink polka-dot pants, dress with orange –and- green flowers, purple –and- blue striped socks, yellow shoes and red hat but her mother, father, and sister each had other outfits in mind for her to wear. Ella’s mother told her that her outfit was too dressy and wanted her to put on something that match which was a blue dress with matching socks and white sand
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Nicole Gustafson
This book centers around a young girl named Ella, who loves to dress herself. After she insists 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 their best to persuade her otherwise. Her mother offers a nice plain blue dress with matching socks and shoes, Ella wants none of it. Her father than offers her a pair of pants, a t-shirt with a basketball on it and sneakers, Ella wants none of it. ...more
Emily McCracken
Feb 11, 2015 Emily McCracken rated it really liked it
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a book that is great for younger ages. Ella Sarah is little girl that has her own sense of style pairing all different patterns and colors together to create what she feels is the perfect outfit. Her mother, father, and older sister try to dress her and get her to dress like they do. Ella Sarah does not want to dress like them she has a long list of clothing items she wants to wear that progress throughout the book. When her friends show up fo ...more
Carly Meyers
Dec 04, 2014 Carly Meyers rated it really liked it
Jennifer Johnson and Carly Meyers
Ella Sarah wants to pick out her outfit with pink polka dot pants, dress with green and orange flowers, purple and blue striped socks, yellow shoes and red hat. When her mom asks her what she wants to wear Ella Sarah tells her. Then Mom said that it was too fancy and she should wear her blue dress instead. Ella Sarah didn't want to wear that. When her dad asks her what she wants to wear, Ella Sarah tells him. Dad said it was too fancy as well and told her to wear
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Cindy Mittendorfer
Oct 21, 2014 Cindy Mittendorfer rated it really liked it
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
Jerrica
Sep 17, 2014 Jerrica rated it really liked it
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
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Rachel
Sep 16, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Sep 16, 2014 Kathryn Herbert rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2014 Hannah Rich rated it really liked it
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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JUNE BENGOETXEA
Feb 10, 2015 JUNE BENGOETXEA rated it it was amazing
The picture-story book ELLA SARAH GET DERSSED is written and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Ella Sarah is a girl who she knows what she wants especially when she is dressing, she knows what she wants to wear: “she want 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”. The story develops with her family suggesting to wear more formal clothes, or not silly cloths, but she says No! And finally she wears w ...more
Lucila Perez
Dec 10, 2014 Lucila Perez rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It showed that the main character wanted to be independent and wear an outfit she picked out herself. 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. I think that Ella Sarah also teaches the children to be original and who they are by wearing what she wants even if her family does not agree w ...more
Brieanna Olsen
Nov 24, 2015 Brieanna Olsen rated it liked it
Shelves: 307
Ella Sarah, a young girl, wants to pick out her own outfit for the day. The clothing that she wants to wear isn’t a plain, ordinary outfit that you would expect someone to wear, but she is dead set on wanting to wear the particular outfit. Her entire family is trying to convince her otherwise, but she wants to wear what she wants. Eventually she is accepted by the people who don’t want to change her and have the same common love for this expression of change. Children want to express themselves ...more
Adrienne
Jan 25, 2014 Adrienne rated it did not like it
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Cari Williams
Apr 26, 2014 Cari Williams rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Sep 18, 2014 Haley Dowty rated it liked it
Shelves: predictable
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
Danielle Rhea
Dec 08, 2015 Danielle Rhea rated it liked it
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed was a really good book to read to children in the toddler/elementary school range. This book has a lot of great quality lessons children can look up to while learning. Children want to be different and seem as if they are grown up, and this book really shows children how to be themselves. Doing what you want can really help a child express themselves. It’s really hard sometimes for people to be able to be themselves, and this book can just remind a parent or even a child ...more
Sarah Thompson
Dec 17, 2014 Sarah Thompson rated it really liked it
This story follows a young girl with unique style, unlike her family. When she wakes up with her mind set on wearing her pink polka dot pants, the dress with orange and green flowers, purple and blue striped socks with yellow shoes and her red hat, no one will stand in her way. As her family tries to convince her that other outfits are more appropriate, she stands firm in her decision. This picture book does a great job of incorporating numerous patterns, shapes, colors, etc. in the colorful ill ...more
Meredith Hamner
Sep 17, 2015 Meredith Hamner rated it it was amazing
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Anna
Feb 04, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it
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.
Megan
Sep 17, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
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
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Brittany Tatum
Apr 30, 2014 Brittany Tatum rated it it was ok
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,
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Dolly
Jun 13, 2015 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun book that helps to show that young children have their own sense of style and don't necessarily want to follow the more practical and conservative styles that parents and older siblings suggest. Our girls certainly express themselves with their own sense of style and for the most part, we've always gone with it.

The narrative is repetitive and humorous and the illustrations are unique, "created using a variety of printmaking techniques on Rives paper." Despite the fact that our gir
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