My two blankets by Irena Kobald and Freya Blackwood has been nominated this year for Picture Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) in their annual awards short list.

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My two blankets is a story about a young girl who moves to a new country. She finds that everything is very strange and different to her. She feels lost and unsure of herself and worries how (or if) she will feel again that sense of home and belonging she once had.

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One day at a local park she sees a girl who smiles at her. When they meet the girl speaks to her but she still can’t understand these strange new sounds and words. Over time they meet again and again, and slowly but surely these once strange, cold, and sharp sounding words begin to feel familiar, warm, and soft.

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I like this book on many levels. The layout and hand drawn illustration style are well done and support the narrative nicely. The story is a thoughtful, warm, and sympathetic tale about the most basic challenges and obstacles that newly arrived immigrants face and how these impact their own feelings and behaviour. Importantly, and what sets it apart from many titles that try to tackle this topic, the narrative is completely from the young immigrant girl’s point of view, giving it an emotional authenticity and heart. I personally find it’s always good to read a story with another point of view that gives you a wider perspective on things, and life, in general.

Take a look at the full 2015 Awards short list and read more staff reviews of some of these fine titles. The winners will be announced the Friday before Children’s Book Week which runs Saturday, 22nd August – Friday, 28th August 2015.

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