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My two blankets / Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood.

By: Kobald, Irena [author.].
Contributor(s): Blackwood, Freya [illustrator.].
Material type: TextTextDescription: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0544432282; 9780544432284.Other title: My 2 blankets.Subject(s): Immigrants -- Juvenile fiction | Belonging (Social psychology) -- Juvenile fiction | Homesickness -- Juvenile fiction | Immigrants -- Fiction | Belonging (Social psychology) -- Fiction | Homesickness -- Fiction | Belonging (Social psychology) | Homesickness | ImmigrantsGenre/Form: Fiction. | Juvenile works. | Children's stories -- Pictorial works.DDC classification: [E] Summary: Cartwheel has arrived in a new country, and feels the loss of all she's ever known. She creates a safe place for herself under an "old blanket" made out of memories and thoughts of home. But when she meets a new friend, the relationship helps her take her first steps into a new culture, and Cartwheel begins to weave a "new blanket," one of friendship and a renewed sense of belonging.Other editions: Reproduction of (manifestation):: Kobald, Irena. My two blankets.
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CML Easy Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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K81MY (Browse shelf) Available 0000002309391

First published in Australia in 2014 by Little Hare Books.

Cartwheel has arrived in a new country, and feels the loss of all she's ever known. She creates a safe place for herself under an "old blanket" made out of memories and thoughts of home. But when she meets a new friend, the relationship helps her take her first steps into a new culture, and Cartwheel begins to weave a "new blanket," one of friendship and a renewed sense of belonging.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Following a war, Cartwheel and her aunt emigrate from their rural village to a westernized city. Under a barrage of foreign sights and sounds, Cartwheel finds comfort by wrapping herself in a "blanket" of familiar words and memories: "When I went out, it was like standing under a waterfall of strange sounds... It made me feel alone." One day at the park, a blonde girl waves to her. Feeling scared, Cartwheel doesn't respond. Eventually they connect, and the girl starts teaching Cartwheel words, but Cartwheel is very self-conscious: "Sometimes I felt silly and I wanted to cry." At home, she practices the words until they become soft and familiar, and she starts to create a new "blanket" that represents her new life. Eventually she finds balance between the two. The blanket metaphor is powerful, and the way that sounds are depicted through shape and line works well. Cartwheel and her home are shown in bright warm colors, while the new country is portrayed through cool colors. Although Cartwheel and her aunt are the only nonwhite characters, their foreignness is represented through the color palette rather than dress or customs; care is taken to show that the new city is full of people dressed strangely and doing strange things. Unfortunately, the friendship is one-sided; rather than sharing culture and language between them, the girl does all the teaching and guiding, and Cartwheel isn't shown as having anything to offer. VERDICT This visually powerful book may resonate with recent immigrants. A solid addition for libraries.-Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Irena Kobald is multi-lingual Austrian immigrant to Australia, who teaches aboriginal children in Australian outback communities. My Two Blankets is her debut picture book. She won two awards for My Two Blankets, a 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award in the Picture Book of the Year category and The Territory Read Awards 2016 for Children's literature/YA fiction. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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