Children's Eliza Thomas The Red Blanket

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The Red Blanket

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A touching and beautiful adoption story that reveals the challenges as well as the joys of forming a new family.

This is a story about a little girl who needed a mommy
and a forgotten blanket that needed a little girl
and a woman who needed them both.

This is a journey about the forming of a family.
It is as lyrical as a love letter from a mother to her daughter,
as honest as the struggles they encounter,
and as comforting as a cozy red blanket.

Eliza Thomas went to China in 1994 to adopt her daughter PanPan, who was then 5 months old. This is their story.

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About the Author:

JOE CEPEDA has illustrated many books for children, including What a Truly Cool World by Julius Lester and Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron. He lives in Whittier, California. DARCY PATTISON is the author of The River Dragon, illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng, as well as the fantasy novel The Wayfinder. She teaches writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and reviews children's books for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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PreS-Gr. 2. Thomas, who has written about adoption for adults, presents her first picture book, based on the adoption story she told her own daughter, PanPan, when she was three years old. Cepeda's beautiful full-page oil paintings show the lonely, single woman, happy in her Vermont community, but sad that she has no children. Thrilled when the adoption comes through, she rushes to get baby clothes, and, at the last minute, buys a cuddly red blanket that she sees "all alone on a high shelf." She flies across the ocean to China, and gets her baby from an orphanage. Their first day is hard and lonely: the baby cries and cries; nothing comforts her. The pictures show the baby turning away--until her mother cuddles her in the red blanket. Now PanPan is about 10 years old, and the tattered blanket, in every exuberant picture, is a reminder of that magical day when she and her adoptive mother first became a family. Many families will want this for the warm, honest drama of finding home. Hazel Rochman
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