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Just the feel of Blankie against her cheek can put D.W. right to sleep. But one day, D.W. comes home from day care and Blankie is missing! Arthur, Dad, and even Pal frantically search the house and all over town-but no Blankie. That night D.W. wonders if she will ever be able to fall asleep again. Will Blankie ever be found?

When D.W. cannot find her special blanket, Arthur and Dad try help her, but with no success, until Mom saves...

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Overview

Just the feel of Blankie against her cheek can put D.W. right to sleep. But one day, D.W. comes home from day care and Blankie is missing! Arthur, Dad, and even Pal frantically search the house and all over town-but no Blankie. That night D.W. wonders if she will ever be able to fall asleep again. Will Blankie ever be found?

When D.W. cannot find her special blanket, Arthur and Dad try help her, but with no success, until Mom saves the day.

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Children's Literature
D. W. and Blankie have been together since the day she was born. One day D. W. looks in her special Blankie hiding place and it is gone. Mom, Dad and Arthur retrace their day's activities with no success. At bedtime D. W. cannot go to sleep without Blankie. Mom to the rescue, she had washed Blankie. And although it didn't smell or look the same, D. W. fell sound asleep. Based on the television show, Arthur, this is a delightful story about a day in the life of everyone's favorite aardvark family. 2000 (orig. 1998), Little Brown, $13.95 and $5.95. Ages 2 to 4. Reviewer: Karen Werner
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Every child with a security blanket or special toy will relate to D.W.'s dilemma in this story about her search for her lost blankie. When D.W. discovers that her blankie is missing, she and Arthur search high and low, to no avail. D.W. has some interesting ideas about where the blanket might be-at a car wash, the library, or stolen by the Tibble twins. She is under a cloud all day because of her separation anxiety. At nighttime, D.W. is certain that she won't be able to fall asleep without it. Father assures her that mother will help him search for it when she gets home. As D.W. sits miserably in bed, Mother comes to the rescue with the newly washed blankie. Although it doesn't quite look or smell the same, D.W. can now fall right to sleep, with blankie resting under her cheek. Based on a teleplay by Tom Hertz.
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PreS-KAnother successful tale about D.W. and her brother, Arthur. This time the little aardvark has lost her beloved blanket and enlists her sibling's aid to find it. After a thorough search of the house with their father, they check the playground, the day-care center, the library, and even the car washall places where preschoolers spend lots of time. Arthur, as usual, plays the "straight man" to D.W. The book has a wonderful story line, one that will be familiar to children and parents alike, and each page is filled with Brown's delightful renderings of a child's world. The vocabulary is simple enough for even a very young child to understand. For example, D.W. postulates that "the big vacuum thingie" at the car wash sucked her Blankie out the car window! Thankfully for D.W. (and for children everywhere who need a security blanket), Mother saves the day. All is right with this tale, which will appeal to most youngsters, but especially those who still have and need their "Blankies."Elisabeth H. Hall, Arden Elementary School, Columbia, SC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316115957
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling D.W. series and the hugely popular Arthur Adventure series and is creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.

Biography

Marc Brown recalls a phone call he received late one night at his home in Hingham, Massachustts, just outside of Boston. On the other end of the line, a small, obviously young voice asked, "Is Arthur there?"

"I told him that Arthur had already gone to bed," Brown recalled for the Los Angeles Times in 1996. "And so should he."

That such phone call is not an isolated occurrence at the Brown household is testament to the popularity -- and approachability -- of Brown's creation. Arthur is not simply the world's most famous bespectacled aardvark, he is also a kid just like any other, grappling with same issues his readers are: annoying sisters, terrifying teachers, and babysitting nightmares. Arthur may be a drawing, but to his fans, he seems quite real.

"I feel like I'm listening to my own kids," Carol Greenwald, who produces the companion television program for PBS, told People in 1997. "I have to bite back the urge to say, 'Stop bickering.'"

By now, the Arthur series has produced more than 10 million books as well as a hit television show for PBS and made his creator a wealthy man. But the early days were a different story. Separated from his wife, living with his mother-in-law and recently released from his job as a college professor, Brown came home in the mid-1970s to a request from his 4-year-old son, Tolon:

Tell me a story.

And make it about a weird animal.

So, as Brown reached into the possibilities of uncommon zoology for his son's nocturnal enjoyment, he also concocted the beginnings of a career. He took his new creation to a friend at Atlantic Monthly Press who gave him guidance, and he landed a publishing deal for the first book in what would become a series: Arthur's Nose. And the big money started rolling in. His first check was somewhere around $70 to $80. (The number seems to vary with the telling.)

"I was imagining buying a new car, and instead I got groceries," he told the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. "It was about five years before I felt like I could make a living doing this."

Brown had long dreamed of illustrating children's books, inspired in high school by Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are. As a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, he says he found that such pursuits were considered too pedestrian for the serious artistic mind: He has said his decision to include his illustrations in his submission for the institute's drawing award cost him the prize.

After Cleveland, he worked as a cook and a delivery truck driver who kept getting lost. He also farmed chickens. He found freelance work as a professional illustrator in the textbook field and even worked on an Isaac Asimov book for his first non-textbook assignment.

Arthur, though, eventually opened all the right doors. And, aside from that series, Brown has also illustrated books for other children's authors and drawn on his own life for books outside the Arthur titles. The end of his first marriage eventually yielded a children's book, Dinosaur's Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families.

"When I went through a divorce..., I went to the library hoping to find books to help my two young sons through the experience," he is quoted in Contemporary Authors as saying. "I found little information, and what there was very sexist, depicting children living with the mother and the father living in a depressing residential hotel. Our experience was different: my sons lived with me. I started keeping a file for a book I had in mind to write one day."

Brown makes no secret of his habit of mining his own life for his children's fiction. The Arthur books, in fact, are something of a family album: Arthur's sister D. W. is a composite of his own sisters, Arthur's adventures in babysitting were inspired by his own experience watching over two children who tied him to a chair and scampered off to find hiding places in their enormous house. Grandma Thora doesn't even have a different name from his own grandmother, who used to save all of his childhood drawings and later encouraged him to go to art school.

And when Brown and his second wife had another child, Eliza, he decided he shouldn't be the only one saddled with the less enjoyable aspects of child care. He gave Arthur a baby sister, Kate.

"I though if I had to change diapers," he told the Christian Science Monitor in 1997, "so should Arthur."

Good To Know

Brown changed his first name from Mark to Marc because he was so enthralled with the work of painter Marc Chagall.

He told People magazine in 1997 that Arthur is the spitting image of his third-grade class picture.

Brown dresses up as Arthur on Halloween, which makes his house a must-stop for the children of Hingham, Massachusetts.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Marc Tolan Brown
    2. Hometown:
      Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erie, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      M.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art, 1969

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    Posted January 30, 2000

    D. W.'s Lost Blankie

    My favorite book is D.W.¿s Lost Blanky. D.W. is my favorite character. D.W. loves her blanky but one day she loses it! D.W. is scared that she will never get it back.

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