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Babba Zarrah, a caring and talented senior, lives in a tiny mountain village-perhaps in Russia. She has a large, colorful, knitted blanket upon which the children love to sit as they listen to her stories. Noticing that there are some in the snow-covered village who have needs that she can satisfy, she unravels a bit of wool from the blanket and knits, then secretly delivers warm socks for young Nikolai, who has a hole in his shoe; an extra-long scarf for the postman; and cozy mittens for the schoolmaster to wear when he fetches wood. Each new project leads to thoughts of another, until the story blanket has completely disappeared. Then, it is up to the curious villagers to discover who is creating the gifts and find a way to thank their elderly neighbor for her kindness. Odriozola's charming illustrations make this sweet tale of a close-knit community even more special. The bright colors and delicate patterns in the children's and Babba Zarrah's clothing and the story blanket stand out against stark white backgrounds. A fine brown line surrounds garments and objects, giving some pieces a paper-collage appearance. In contrast, the rounded, rosy-cheeked faces are drawn with the same thin lines and minimal features-tiny dots for eyes, small squiggles for noses, wee marks for mouths. From the spare wood floor and the children clustered in anticipation on the blanket under a potted indoor tree comes a warm invitation to enjoy this sweet story again and again.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Posted July 11, 2011
The Story Blanket is a delightful book for children of all ages. We are never too old to learn the beauty of sharing and how that gift comes back to us many fold. The story reminds us to respect the wisdom of our elders and that each member of a community is of equal value. These lessons are woven throughout a touching tale that children will be eager to read or hear again and again. With the book's charming illustrations and timeless folk tale quality, The Story Blanket should be a perennial favorite in parents' and grandparents' libraries.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.