By Julie Jersild Roth
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618540334, 32pp.)
Publication Date: July 2006
Categories: Girls & Women
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Nell knits . . . a lot. She knits blankets for new babies, socks and hats and mittens for the children’s home, and scarves for everyone in her family.
What Nell doesn’t do is talk a lot. She listens to her friends chat and laugh, and she knits some more.
Julie Jersild Roth is a full-time writer, illustrator, and artist. Though Julie herself is a knitter, she was inspired by the women in her neighborhood book club who, unlike herself, found the time to knit and finish the assigned books on time. "I started imagining how they could accomplish such things. Do they knit while walking the dog? Do they knit in the bathtub? I decided to explore this with a little character . . . Nell." Julie lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and two children.
"A good addition where there is a demand for books about shyness." School Library Journal
"Nell's unusual tenacity and generous way of coping with a bully add enlightenment to an all-too-common occurrence in children's lives everywhere." Kirkus Reviews