The Red Blanket

The Red Blanket




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.

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

About 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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MDees on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Red Blanket is a story about family. It is based on a true story of adoption. The author states in her note that she began telling her daughter the story when she was three years old. The author is lonely and her house is empty. She decides to adopt a child. The child¿s name is Pan Pan. Before the soon-to-be mom travels to China to pick up her daughter, she must purchase baby items. In the process, she buys a red blanket. The blanket turns out to be the one thing that comforts the newly adopted Pan Pan. Pan Pan keeps the blanket and it is a symbol of the bond between her and her mother. This is a sweet, heartwarming story. I like it because it has a different perspective from the ¿traditional¿ family. Throughout the story, you see how much the mother loves her daughter. The illustrations show the different physical characteristics of mother and daughter and the bond that is shared between the two with the symbolic and vivid, red blanket. This is a great book for discussing adoption. I would this in any class but especially if you have a student that has been adopted. It helps the student and their classmates understand and appreciate that families share love no matter how they are brought together. There are also elements of China involved in this book that could be discussed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my son's favorite adoption stories - we still read it frequently. The story of an international adoption, a parent and a baby meeting and bonding, and the importance of a beloved blanket all hit home with our family. It is nice to see the child in story grow and still cherish the blanket because of its significance.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is our story almost to a 't'. The author gently tells the loving story of her call to adoption and their journey to be family. gives the highs and lows of adoption and attachment as the mother recalls the child's adoption and their interaction. I'd recommend it to anyone adopting, adopted, or is in any way connected to an adopted child.