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The Red Blanket

The Red Blanket

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by Eliza Thomas, Joe Cepeda
     
 

A touching and beautiful adoption story that reveals the challenges as well as the joys of forming a new family.

This is a story about a little girl who needed a mommy and a forgotten blanket that needed a little girl and a woman who needed them both.

This is a journey about the forming of a family.
It is as lyrical as a love letter from a mother to her

Overview


A touching and beautiful adoption story that reveals the challenges as well as the joys of forming a new family.

This is a story about a little girl who needed a mommy and a forgotten blanket that needed a little girl and a woman who needed them both.

This is a journey about the forming of a family.
It is as lyrical as a love letter from a mother to her daughter,
as honest as the struggles they encounter,
and as comforting as a cozy red blanket.

Eliza Thomas went to China in 1994 to adopt her daughter PanPan, who was then 5 months old. This is their story.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This intimately told story recounts Thomas's journey from single woman to adoptive mother of PanPan, a Chinese baby girl (the author has also covered this topic in the adult memoir The Road Home). The narrator here, an adult, addresses her adopted daughter directly, telling her a favorite tale with all the cherished details preserved intact. She describes her longing for a child ("Somewhere, a little girl is waiting for a mommy"), then her journey to China, and the first day with her new baby daughter, who "looked everywhere but at me.... You wriggled and squirmed and kicked your skinny little feet, and then you began to cry." To the rescue comes a soft red blanket, comforting the confused baby and bridging the unknown between two strangers as they become mother and child. Reflecting the rollercoaster of the adoption process, Cepeda's (Mice and Beans) dancing visuals thrum with color and energy. Letters fly magically out the door to the adoption agency; the narrator leaps with happiness as she receives a photograph of her baby; an older PanPan, holding tight to the now-tattered blanket, runs out to play. While the length of the text may be a stumbling block, the emotional pitch and the presentation of the subject matter fit the needs of a preschool audience. Internationally adopted children will likely identify with PanPan. Ages 3-5. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A heartwarming story based on the real-life adoption experience of Eliza Thomas. Thomas tells of her emotional and physical journey leading up to the adoption of her daughter PanPan. Loneliness led Thomas to China after months and months of waiting to hear from an adoption agency. It was in China that she first held her new daughter, PanPan. With all of the new changes in PanPan's life, her emotions got the best of her and she cried for hours upon hours. A special red blanket however, brought comfort and peace to her. This blanket brought comfort not only through PanPan's infancy, but also through her early childhood. Thomas was anxious to return with her new daughter. She was excited for everyone to meet her. This is an excellent story that would be appropriate for units on families. Thomas does a wonderful job of presenting her experiences so as to be comprehended by young children. The beautifully painted illustrations add life and warmth to her story. 2004, Scholastic Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Alecia M. Ilg
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-After learning that she has qualified to adopt a baby, a woman purchases a variety of necessities, including a soft, red blanket that she has been eyeing for months. She takes it with her to the orphanage in China. Understandably, the infant, PanPan, is upset by all the changes in her young life when she is taken by taxi to a hotel, and the dazzling red blanket is the only comfort she finds on that first day. Over the years, the blanket has become threadbare and fragile while the relationship between mother and daughter has strengthened. Vibrantly colored oil illustrations dominate the pages; even those that are all text have backgrounds painted in bright orange, purple, pumpkin, and blue. The pictures convey the anxiety, the waiting, and the love that are a part of expanding a family. With the number of inter-country adoptions increasing, this story, based on the author's experiences, is a welcome addition.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439322539
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


JOE CEPEDA has illustrated many books for children, including What a Truly Cool World by Julius Lester and Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron. He lives in Whittier, California. DARCY PATTISON is the author of The River Dragon, illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng, as well as the fantasy novel The Wayfinder. She teaches writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and reviews children's books for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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