A baby blanket is a very special gift, but what happens when you grow up and it comes undone? Is it time to let go, or to make something new?
While Cole's mama waits for his arrival, she knits him a baby blanket. After he is born, the bond between baby and blanket is instant. So much so that as Cole grows older, the two are inseparable, until the day he notices the blanket is slowly coming unraveled.
Cole tries playing with it the way he always had but it doesn't work and he decides to let go of what is now a bundle of yarn. But Mama isn't quite ready to let go and knits the yarn into something new--a sweater--delighting Cole. The bond is once again instant.
Leanne Hatch brings this story of growing up and taking things with us in new ways to life with her warm text and richly textured art.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
About the Author
Leanne Hatch is a women's accessories and textile print designer in the fashion industry by day and a picture book writer and illustrator by night. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.
★ "A cozy, lovable picture book and a promising debut for Hatch."—Booklist, Starred Review
"A sweetly appealing story." —Kirkus Reviews
"A minimum of text, expanded upon by similarly spare artwork, captures the essence of a child’s attachment to a beloved object. . . An adorable story that will make lapsitters feel wrapped in a parent’s love, and useful for conversations about letting go."—School Library Journal
"Scribbly digital art, textured with pencil-style strokes, captures the many soft fibers of the fabrics, also adding cute rosy cheek marks to Cole and Mama. Kids who have had to let go of an old toy or blanket will understand Cole’s predicament, and cat aficionados will be pleased by the presence of a white and gray striped cat who participates in Cole’s playtime (and possibly the blanket’s unraveling). This is a tender story about necessarily closing an old door but still honoring it as a new one opens."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books