My Two Blankets
by Irena Kobald, illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2015
Originally published in Australia
The story of a young immigrant who equates the feelings of her native language to a warm blanket and in time learns to create a different blanket with the words of the new country.
A young girl from Sudan moves to Australia where everything looks different, everyone dresses different and everyone talks different. She feels she is in a “waterfall of strange sounds”. By the end of the day she wants to be alone with her comforting blanket of familiar words. At a park a new girl befriends her and slowly introduces new words to her. Over time the new girl creates a new blanket of new words until she has two blankets.
Beautifully illustrated, the artist, using watercolors and oils, uses warm reds and oranges to show the feelings of the girl’s home country and uses cooler blues and greens to represent the new county.