The Story Blanket by Ferida Wolff

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Babba Zarrah lives in a tiny village in the snow-covered mountains. The children love to visit her. They settle down on her big, old story blanket and listen to her imaginative tales. One day Babba Zarrah notices that Nikolai needs new socks, but she has no yarn. Every question has an answer, Babba Zarrah tells herself, I just have to find it. After the children leave, she unravels part of her story blanket and knits him some nice warm socks.

Not long after that, the postman is surprised to find a scarf wrapped around his mailbag. The grocer mysteriously receives a shawl to keep her warm. On the woodpile outside the school is a pair of mittens for the schoolmaster. Meanwhile, the story blanket is getting smaller and smaller. When the villagers discover Babba Zarrah s secret, they decide to give her a surprise of her own.

About Ferida Wolff

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Ferida Wolff worked as a teacher and a journalist before becoming a writer. She has published sixteen books, including It Is the Wind. She lives in New Jersey. Harriet May Savitz had over twenty-four books published. Run, Don't Walk, nominated for the California Young Reader Medal, was made into an ABC Afterschool Special produced by Henry Winkler. She was a recipient of the PSLA Outstanding Pennsylvania Author Award. She coauthored The Story Blanket with Ferida Wolff. She passed away in 2008. Elena Odriozola is a highly acclaimed illustrator who has published over fifty books, including The Story Blanket, The Opposite, and Vegetable Glue, which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award. She lives in Spain.
Published September 1, 2008 by Peachtree Publishers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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In this bland but worthy original tale old, Babba Zarrah sees that young Nikolai has a hole in his shoe and, having no other wool, secretly unravels part of the blanket she spreads out when children gather to hear her stories to knit him a pair of warm socks.

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The Story Blanket by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop All the children love to sit on Babba Zarrah...

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Englewood Review of Books

Drawn to The Story Blanket by the beautiful simplicity of its cover as well as the recommendation of a friend, I discovered a book that will become a favorite in my home, with myself, my husband and my children.

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