Written by Irena Kobald
Illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Published by Houghton Mifflin
Moving is hard but friends make it easier. In this stunning multicultural picture book illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medalist Freya Blackwood, a young girl has moved to a new country with her auntie, and misses all she’s ever known. Everything in her new country feels so strange: the animals, the plants even the wind. To comfort herself, she creates a safe place under her old blanket, which is made out of memories, thoughts, and reminders of home. After meeting a new friend in the park, the girl begins to weave a new blanket one made of friendship, new words, and a renewed sense of belonging. It’s very different from the old blanket, but it eventually becomes just as warm and familiar and one to share with her new friend.
Primary ISBN: 9780544432284
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 06 or older
Setting: Unspecified (Africa), Australia
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
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Source: Reading Australia
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