Title: Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

Author: Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Publication Date: 2003

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.

Price: $16.00

Number of Pages: 40

Awards: Caldecott Honor, ALA Notable Children’s Book for Younger Readers

Genre/Subgenre: Picture Books, realistic fiction

Popularity: 4/5
Quality: 4/5

Reader’s Annotation: 

Ella Sarah has a unique sense of fashion – will her parents and sister ever understand?


Ella Sarah has picked out her outfit for the day: her “pink polka-dot pants, dress with orange-and-green flowers, purple-and-blue stripped socks, yellow shoes, and red hat.” Her mom, dad, and sister all try to get her to wear different outfits that they think she should wear, but Ella Sarah stands her ground and says that she is going to wear the outfit she picked out. She puts on her outfit, opens the door, and there are her friends over to play, each wearing their own colorful ensemble.


I thought this was a very cute and fun book. I think young readers will enjoy the bright colors and the tenacity of Ella Sarah. If they are unique dressers themselves, they may even relate to Ella Sarah’s battle to wear what she likes. This would make a great read-a-loud book for story-time.

Why I Chose the Book:

I thought the premise of the book made for a very cute story. I loved to dress up in crazy outfits when I was a little girl, so I related to Ella Sarah.


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Book Talk Ideas

Have students or patrons come to school or the library dressed in their best Ella Sarah outfit – let them present their outfits in an Ella Sarah fashion show!

Discussion Questions

1. Imagine that, like Ella Sarah, you get to pick any outfit to wear today. What would you wear?

2. What would you do if people told you they didn’t like your outfit even if you loved it? Would you wear it anyway like Ella Sarah?


Chodos-Irvine, M. (2003). Ella Sarah Gets Dressed. New York: Harcourt, Inc.

“Ella Sarah Gets Dressed.” NoveList K-8. EBSCO, 20 Jan. 2004. Web. 2 May 2014. <http://0-web.a.ebscohost.com.catalog.sjlibrary.org/novpk8/detail?vid=3&sid=160b124b-876d-44ea-b1bf-8ee3be00fd77%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4101&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cGs4LWxpdmU%3d#db=njh&UI=121807&gt;.

Goodreads (2014). Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/162720.Ella_Sarah_Gets_Dressed?from_search=true