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My Two Blankets

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Cartwheel has moved to a place that is so strange to her, she no longer feels like herself.
This is a story about new ways of speaking, new ways of living, new ways of being.
Hardcover, 1st, 32 pages
Published 2014 by Little Hare Books an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont
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Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"My Two Blankets" is a beautifully crafted story that uses precisely chosen, evocative language with drawings that blend with the text in perfect harmony. Irena Kobald conveys messages of hope, friendship and acceptance through the eyes and actions of children. Her approach is devoid of saccharine sentimentality, a road she could have easily pursued. Instead, together with the artist, she delivers a heart-warming tale of how people can live together despite coming from the most diverse backgroun ...more
Edward Sullivan
A beautifully written and illustrated story realistically depicting the feelings of loneliness and cultural displacement of a recently arrived refugee girl and her joy at making a new friendship despite language barriers.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great story about learning a new language and a new culture. Lovely imagery, words and art.
Diana Garcia
This book was about a girl who was forced to move because of the war. They came to America in search of safety. She didn't like it at first because she didn't know the language. Her home language was the blanket that provided comfort. Later, she meets a friend who helps build her vocabulary and teaches her new words, creating another blanket for her. As she learns new words, she soon finds comfort in knowing that she is safe even under a new blanket.

This story showed me just how many people come
Kate Conway
This story is about a young girl named Cartwheel whom moves to a new land with her family. She has an extremely hard time making friends-- she dresses differently, looks differently, and there even is a language barrier that prohibits her from communicating; until one day. Though they may not speak the same language, a girl at the park waves, and Cartwheel waves back. They quickly become friends and the girl at the park begins to teach Cartwheel words through words and corresponding pictures. He ...more
The Library Lady
A lovely book about a girl forced to leave her country because of war, learning to find a new place to belong. But the idea of the "blanket of words", though moving, is going to sail over the heads of most of the kids who use my library, and odds are, this book will sit quietly on my shelf. Meanwhile the two mediocre dinosaur themed picture books I also got today will be checked out repeatedly, unless some nanny allows her toddler charge to tear them to ribbons here at the library. Sad but true.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Sweet story! There are some parts that don’t sit right with me, but I can’t yet articulate them.
A moving story with powerful illustrations.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm like 3 for 3 when it comes to reading picture books at work and getting overly emotional (or maybe just the right amount of emotional) about them.
I may have teared up the teensiest bit.
Morgan Dunton
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: theme-refugees
Although the text is more simple, this story gives a great example to children on how they can help a refugee. This book could be used for an grade between 1st-5th for a read aloud. The easy flow of text allows students to pay more attention to the overall meaning of helping someone new and forming friendships.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A lovely story illustrating the refugee experience in a new Western country through a young girl's eyes.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved how creative this story was! The idea of having two blankets, one representing Cartwheel's old memories, and the other being made from her new memories and words is such a unique way to display how refugees may feel when put in a new, unfamiliar place. This story showed how even small gestures, such as the one the little girl in the park gave to Cartwheel, can mean so much to a person, and help them be more comfortable in a place they may feel out of place. I think this book would be gre ...more
Mallory Hackett
When Cartwheel moves to a new place, everything feels unfamiliar. She doesn't know any of the people and can't speak their language. In this heartwarming story, a girl in the park befriends Cartwheel and begins to teach her English. After lots of time and practice with her new friend, all of the English words that once felt uncomfortable to her begin to flow naturally. Cartwheel learns to love the new place she is in all because of her new friend. This book is great for anyone going through some ...more
This book beautifully evokes culture shock and the experiences of immigrants and refugees. Great for kindergarten on up.
Tiffany Ng
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of a child named Cartwheel who just recently came to America after there was a war that broke out in her own country. She talks about how everything in this new country is strange to her including the people, food, animals, and the language. All these new experiences made her feel like she is under cold waterfall washing away at her true self. The only thing that could protect her was this blanket she had when she was in her homeland. It kept her warm and safe. Later she would go ...more
Christine Meunier
A beautiful book looking at someone moving to a new country and learning a new language.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
"My Two Blankets" captures the reality of what many new immigrants face--the cold feeling of arriving somewhere where you experience nothing but loneliness. The story follows a young girl who flees her war-torn country, and arrives someplace new where she feels displaced and the only way she finds comfort is by embracing the blanket that she brought from her home. A language barrier contributes to the girl's feelings of loneliness until she one day finds a friend in a stranger who teaches her th ...more
War causes Cartwheel and her auntie to flee their country. But even though they are safe in their new home, she feels disoriented and lonely until another girl in the park reaches out to her. Over time, she learns the language and is able to read, surrounding herself with a word blanket that is every bit as comforting as the blanket. The watercolor and oil paint illustrations and the text perfectly depict her feelings of isolation and uncertainty in a new place with unfamiliar words and practice ...more
Sandy Brehl
Visually rich and expressive, blending the power of symbolic shapes, language, and setting to tell a story that is deeply individual and yet represents the experiences of more people daily. The first person voice of a young girl (Cartwheel- what a perfect nickname!) tells of a refugee transplanted to a life and setting that overwhelms and nearly drowns her sense of self.
Ultimately victorious, the palpable struggle to live in an alien world will make sense to even the youngest, and the blanket-a
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The metaphor of the old blanket for the life and language the main character is forced to flee is so smart and effective. And how, with a little help, she weaves a new blanket for her new life and language. Now she has both.

"...I wrapped myself in a blanket of my own words and sounds. I called it my old blanket. My old blanket was warm. It was soft. It covered me all over. It made me feel safe. Sometimes I didn't want to go out. I wanted to stay under my old blanket forever."
Stef Rozitis
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story about being the4 stranger who can;t understand the language and finding friendship and acceptance and a broadening (but not change) to your own identity.

Love, love, love this one! And treasure my copy as my colleagues and students gave it to me!
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I never thought I'd be studying and critically analysing picture books at Uni, but thank you professors! I think this is one of my favourites so far. The art is gorgeous, and the story is incredibly meaningful and just plain lovely.
Michele Knott
Wonderful metaphor how it would feel moving to a new country. I think Kobald does a wonderful job explaining what it would be like moving to a new country that speaks a different language in a way that makes sense to young readers.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-a-loud, kids
A great picture book about the immigrant experience. A little difficult to explain the metaphor of the blanket to an 8-year old though.
Alec Miller
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my realistic fiction book!

The main character is Cartwheel and she moves to a brand new country because of "the war". She moves with her Auntie and Cartwheel is having a terrible time adjusting. It's hard for her because she never knows what's going on. She makes a new friend at the park and her perspective on the world changes. Cartwheel can be herself again!

This is a very easy read! They talk about the first blanket-- how it's comfortable for her, but she is still sad and cold. The fir
Keira Mulholland
The book starts with us being introduced to a young Sudanese girl who happens to be nicknamed Cartwheel by her aunt. She has to leave her home country with her Aunt to be safe. She comes to this country and feels as if she doesn't belong, and like she isn't herself anymore. Thus, she creates this figurative blanket that comforts her when she feels down, and it makes her feel safe. She meets a girl at a park who befriends her, teaches her new words, etc. She eventually creates a new figurative bl ...more
Andrea Damic
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have just read "My two blankets" to my 3 year old as this was part of the book of the month reading assignments in my daughter's child care.
First, and I want to get this out of the way so I can actually write a review, I don't think this is a book a toddler could understand/comprehend and why would we even want them to, it is too early, in my opinion, to burden them with hard life stuff; whoever thought this is adequate for such young children should think again. Obviously my daughter lost he
Mindy Lomen
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the story of a Somali girl who has moved to a new country. She is unsure of all of the changes in her new country. She finds comfort at home under her familiar blanket, which is a metaphor for her home language. She goes to the park, and a new girl smiles and waves at her. The next day, the girl goes back to the park, looking for the new girl who smiled at her, but she wasn't there. She has to visit the park 3 times before she sees the new girl again. When the two meet, they swing t ...more
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