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My Two Blankets


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This is Irena Kobald's debut picture book, inspired by a friendship that developed between her own daughter and a Sudanese child. She lives in Australia with her family.

Freya Blackwood earned the 2010 Kate Greenaway Award for Harry and Hopper. She lives in Australia with her family. Visit her website at


* "Loneliness, cultural displacement, tentative friendship, and an explosion of sharing and kindness are accessible even to very young readers...An amazingly lovely import."
--Kirkus, starred review

"With its bold visual metaphors, "My Two Blankets" ingeniously captures a child's efforts to weave the old with the new."
--New York Times Book Review

"The blanket metaphor is powerful, and the way that sounds are depicted through shape and line works well."
School Library Journal

"The illustrations, a combination of watercolor and oils, heighten the effect of the thought-provoking story. Just the right format for children to think about immigrants and friendship."

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