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The Story Blanket

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In a tiny village in the snow-covered mountains, the children love to visit Babba Zarrah and sit on her big, old story blanket to listen to her imaginative tales. One day she notices one of the children needs new socks, but she has no yarn. Soon afterward, the story blanket gets smaller as villagers receive warm gifts. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Peachtree Publishers (first published 2008)
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Samantha Ferrari
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! What an amazing book for children this is. This book shows what it is to have character, and having character is super important for me. I liked this book so much I may change it for my story book showcase! I loved how in the end after the people and children of the town gave Babba a new blanket, she noticed someone else need something sewn so.....

Learning Experience: Do you have character?
Tasha
Babba Zarrah tells children in her small village stories on her wonderful patchwork blanket. When she notices that one of the children has a hole in her shoe, she decides to knit a pair of warm socks. But with all of the snow, no one can bring yarn to the village. Within a few sips of her tea, Babba Zarrah has figured out exactly what to do. Each day she notices new uses for the yarn in her blanket. Brightly colored knit gifts are showing up all over the village but no one knows where they are c...more
Amanda
Madam and I so enjoyed this; I grabbed it because the cover caught me, and it was really the illustrations that kept me throughout the book--all the quirky, humorous little details on every page--Madam especially appreciated the dog ;) I loved the tree in Babba Zarrah's house, with the children's shoes up in it in the beginning, and later in the end, with the child up in it. On every spread, there was some detail, something to examine closely and wonder over. (Check out Babba Zarrah's "garden.")...more
Karen
The book reminded me of the biblical quote “Give and you shall receive.” It describes an admirable woman who is a well-known story teller in her village, loved by the children who come and sit on her story blanket so she can fill them with wonderful stories. The caring woman privately takes it upon herself to cloth some village people who are in need. She knits socks, scarves, mittens, sweaters, blankets, etc…

The story blanket that created happy times for the children disappears because she is...more
Beth
All the kids of an isolated village sit on Babba Zarrah's story blanket to hear her stories. The blanket gets smaller and smaller as Babba uses the wool to make needed items for the villagers until she no longer has a blanket. Once the village learns who is giving away these items, they unravel portions of their own blankets to give her enough yarn to make another blanket. The kids have a blanket again to sit on for her stories. And once again, Babba sees a need and starts to unravel her blanket...more
Carolynne
This delightful picture book, about an elderly woman who uses bits of her story blanket to help out the needy people of the village, has the feel of a European folktale. However, there is no author's or illustrator's note to give any sources or describe the media used. (The illustrations appear to be watercolor and ink.) Lest you think the endlessly sharing nature of the main character leads to a one-sided story like _The Giving Tree_, the villagers are inspired to return her favors. It could be...more
Marissa Garcia
Beautifully told and illustrated.
Liza Gilbert
What a lovely story. A woman who doesn't have much beyond her handmade story blanket, wants to help a neighor who needs warm socks. She unravels part of her blanket and knits him socks. The woman continues to find people (and animals) in need, and knits until her blanket is gone. The neighbors help her in return by bringing her yarn for a new blanket. The art by Odriozola is magnificent in its simplicity, and I will now look for other works by her in the future. Beautiful.
Jane G Meyer
I love this book! A tale of Babba Zarrah, a woman with a great heart for others, who secretly unravels her story blanket so she can clothe and help those around her. Not only is the storytelling wonderful--the words themselves, but the illustrations are magnificent--so simple, elegant, directing your mind and eye to just the right images--yet each image holds such texture and depth.

(I would pretty please like for Miss Elena Odriozola to illustrate one of my unpublished books...)
Leanne Hooper
Beautiful illustrated story about generosity.
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Sparingly sprinkled with plump, porcelain people, folky knitwear and hushed good will, this gentle tale of creativity and compassion feels just like a cozy winter classic.

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Andrea
What a nice story about an old woman who has a blanket that she unravels to help her neighbors. Then the neighbors unravel their blankets (only a small part of each) to help her make a new blanket. How helping others comes back to benefit you in the end. Good story for the Holiday season when we remember others who don't have what we do.
Sarah
Ok, Annie hasn't been able to sit still for a whole book reading in months (she's just interested in other things right now), but I love this one and I know she'll like it someday. Sweet story, sweet illustrations. With all kinds of things I like: knitting, blankets, wool, storytelling, and a moral. I heartily recommend.
Bree
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very similar to The Mitten Tree -- old woman secretly giving to the children and they secretly pay her back and the reciprocal giving keeps on going; art is fun and the kids really liked it
Amy
Ahhh, Peachtree, my old stomping grounds! Picked this up at the library, then realized it was a Peachtree book. Art/characters/story feel Eastern European, I love the illustrations as well as the story of giving without reserve and unexpectedly receiving gifts in return.
MissInformation
A story of generosity. Babba Zarrah the storyteller unravels her story blanket to make the people of the village needed items. When they gather together, they realize her gift and show their gratitude.
Sweet, with spare, colorful illustrations. Nice for ages 2 and up.
Cynthia
A sweet little children's book -- but why is a book that is all about KNITTING illustrated with PATCHWORK? The whole business of unraveling and reknitting makes no sense if you are looking at the pictures.
Tara
sweet story. The eleven-year-old said the story was nice but the people were creepy looking. I have to admit that I'm not loving the illustrations either, although I liked the bright colors and pale backgrounds.
Laura Rogers
Lovely book. I will share this one with my children. Sharing, being a community, taking care of others, and good deeds come back to you...all in the same charming story.
Molly
Great book and it makes me feel happy. It doesn't really have anything to do with Christmas, but I have used it in storytimes to convey the spirit of the seasons.
Judith Wright
Based on the story itself, I would give this book 3 stars, but because I love Elena Odriozola's illustrations, I gave it 4 stars.
Michelle
A very inspiring book about what it means to give "freely" and to care about others. Will definitely read again with my child.
Cayenne
Awesome. This is a well-told story with a wonderful plot and darling illustrations.
Lori
Can't outgive Babba Yarrah....even if you try. What a generous soul.
Elizabeth
Babba Zarrah always says that “every question has an answer."
Katrina Smith
Ukrainian? Russian inspired illustrations catch the eye. Community.
Danielle
Very cute kid's book about knitting and giving.
Monica
Every question has an answer.
Adriana
a story about giving
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