Lavender

Overview

Codie loves to spend time with her favorite aunt, Alix. Her aunt is a talented seamstress, and Codie knows that the perfect gift for Alix’s new baby is a handmade blanket. Codie wants to have the blanket done before the baby is born. Suddenly, the baby is coming early. Will Codie be able to finish the blanket in time?

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Overview

Codie loves to spend time with her favorite aunt, Alix. Her aunt is a talented seamstress, and Codie knows that the perfect gift for Alix’s new baby is a handmade blanket. Codie wants to have the blanket done before the baby is born. Suddenly, the baby is coming early. Will Codie be able to finish the blanket in time?

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Editorial Reviews

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“This simple, easily read little story is a gem. Each telling detail . . . is a gentle brush-stroke in this tender, but never sentimental, portrait of a particularly nice family welcoming its newest member.”—Kirkus Reviews, Pointer Review

“A fresh, gentle approach to a standard theme.”—School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In this beginning chapter book, Codie is about to become a cousin. Her favorite aunt is two weeks away from giving birth and, though she's been pregnant before, ``This is the closest she's come to a baby full done.'' This overnight visit at Aunt Alix's is different from the numerous others, because in the middle of the night the woman goes into labor. The child's anxiety over the birth and her worries about losing her special place in Alix's life are handled sensitively and realistically. Hesse incorporates a touch of symbolism with the blanket that the girl is sewing for the infant Lavender-a finished blanket will insure a full-term, healthy baby. The simple language allows for easy reading, and the full-page pencil illustrations break up the text nicely. Codie is a caring youngster eager to please, even when experiencing some doubts about the arrival of her first cousin. A fresh, gentle approach to a standard theme.-Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312376093
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 536,618
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Letters from Rifka, Brooklyn Bridge, Phoenix Rising, and Sable. She has received honors including the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.

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