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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Story Blanket - Ferida Wolff & Harriet May Savitz

Released September 2008

Ferida Wolff
Harriet May Savitz

Peachtree Publishers

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

The Story Blanket is more than an adorable story on being neighborly, it's also a beautifully illustrated book that reminds me of older folk tales. Authors Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz tell the story of a small town where children gather to hear stories upon Babba Zarrah's wool blanket. When Babba Zarrah realizes that certain children or adults in the town need items to stay warm during an incredibly harsh winter, she has one choice. Shipments of wool are unable to reach town due to the heavy snow, so she unravels her story blanket to make the items people need. When they realize what she's done, the townspeople band together to repay her in a way she cannot imagine.

Illustrations by Elena Odriozola really are beautiful. They have a folk art feel with the rounder faces, bright pink cheeks and bright outfits. The illustrations capture the essence of the story perfectly. The story is cheerful and happy. There's nothing sad or depressing, it's completely uplifting and very enjoyable. Both parents and their children are certain to enjoy this story about sharing and putting others first.

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