Project Description

The Story Blanket
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The Story Blanket

by Ferida Wolff & Harriet May Savitz
illustrated by Elena Odriozola

Babba Zarrah lives in a tiny village in the snow-covered mountains. The children love to visit her. They settle down on her big, old story blanket and listen to her imaginative tales.

One day Babba Zarrah notices that Nikolai needs new socks, but she has no yarn. “Every question has an answer,” Babba Zarrah tells herself, “I just have to find it.” After the children leave, she unravels part of her story blanket and knits him some nice warm socks. As villagers start receiving mysterious gifts to keep them warm, the story blanket gets smaller and smaller until the children have nothing to sit on at story time. When the villagers finally discover Babba Zarrah’s secret, they decide to give her a surprise of her own.

Enhanced with charming illustrations, this heartwarming story of generosity makes for a wonderful read aloud experience.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-466-2
Publication Date: 9/1/2008
Page Count: 32
Size: 9″ x 10-5/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 4.1
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD930L
Themes: Circular Tale, Recycling, Secrets, Sharing
BISAC 1: JUV000000 JUVENILE FICTION/ General
BISAC 2: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION/ Social Issues/Values and Virtues
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION/Social Issues/Friendship

Reviews

“Charming illustrations make this sweet tale of a close-knit community even more special… a warm invitation to enjoy this sweet story again and again.” ―School Library Journal

“Arresting illustrations…this is sweetly vivid in and of itself.” ―Booklist

“A story to spread warmth and cheer on the coldest nights.” ―Smithsonian Magazine Online

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“The Story Blanket ranks among those exceptional picture books in which the story, illustrations, page layout, and design all come together to offer a phenomenal reading experience…a special volume to share with every picture-book lover you know.” ―Bloomsbury Review

“Storytellers and readers aloud will appreciate the text’s graceful yet restrained language and children will enjoy the plot’s cozy circularity.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Rosy-cheeked children and the bright folk art quilt suggest a timelessness to the story as well as the underlying message.” ―Library Media Connection

“Beautifully rendered in every way.” ―Orlando Press-Register

“Absolutely beautiful.” ―Virginian Pilot

“A lovely story that absolutely has it all: Outstanding illustrations, clever, heart-tugging prose, and brilliant colors and patterns that all come together to make for the perfect picture book experience. The plot is original, the pace is good, and the simple prose is exciting enough to hold the reader’s interest long after the last page is turned.” ―Picture Book Depot

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Awards

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2009

Parents’ Choice Silver Honor ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2008

Storytelling World Resource Awards (Winner, Stories for Young Listeners) ―Storytelling World magazine, 2010

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Great Lakes’ Great Books Award (Nominee, Grades K-1) ―Michigan Reading Association, 2009-2010

Friends Medallion (Special Award) ―Virginia Beach Friends School, 2008

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Meet the Author

Ferida Wolff worked as a teacher and a journalist before becoming a writer. She has published sixteen books, including It Is the Wind. She lives in New Jersey.

Meet the Author

Harriet May Savitz had over twenty-four books published.Run, Don’t Walk, nominated for the California Young Reader Medal, was made into an ABC Afterschool Special produced by Henry Winkler. She was a recipient of the PSLA Outstanding Pennsylvania Author Award. She coauthored The Story Blanket with Ferida Wolff. She passed away in 2008.

Meet the Illustrator

Elena Odriozola is a highly acclaimed illustrator who has published over fifty books, including The Story Blanket,The Opposite, and Vegetable Glue, which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award. She lives in Spain.