“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.
As time goes on, Cartwheel begins to weave a ‘new’ blanket, one of friendship and a renewed sense of belonging. It is different from the old blanket, but it is eventually just as warm and familiar.” Publisher: RandomHouse
A lovely book to use with students in our multicultural school where we have many ESL students. It describes the loneliness of life for someone in a new land when they have nothing in common with the local people, but especially when they cannot communicate via spoken language. A wonderful title to built empathy and understanding. I might use this with the Keeping quilt by Patricia Polaccio. In My two blankets the blankets are figurative andrepresent Cartwheel’s memories of sights, sounds and language. In the the Keeping quilt – the quilt is made up of fabrics from clothing from “home” and it becomes a tangible family heirloom containing the memories and history of the family.
This will be a wonderful book to use when introducing our Year 5 Unit of Inquiry Where we are in place and time : Migration (Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities;The reasons people migrate; Migration throughout history; Effects of migration on communities).
My two blankets / Written by Irene Kobald and illustrated by Freya Blackwood.
Published by Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014.