My Two Blankets is a sensitive exploration of a young girl’s transition between two countries. Cartwheel, along with her auntie, is trying to fit into a country where she feels she does not belong. The blanket is symbolic of the life that she used to have and stitched within it are all the memories, culture and lifestyle that she feels safe in.
Forced to flee from her home because of war, Cartwheel finds herself in a country where everything is strange. She feels lost, alone and does not feel like herself. When she is at home she finds comfort in her blanket. A blanket that has the memories of home. A blanket that holds familiar words and sounds. A blanket that makes her feel safe.
Unable to speak the language and struggling to fit in, things change for Cartwheel when a girl at the park befriends her and helps her feel less alone and scared. The new friend helps Cartwheel create a new blanket for her new home. The blanket starts off small until eventually it grows into something wonderful and is just as comforting as her old blanket.
The book expertly explores the feelings and emotions that immigrant children experience as they are forced to move to a new country. Despite the difficulties that Cartwheel faces, the book is filled with positive messages of hope, friendship and ultimately acceptance.The poetic prose are beautifully accompanied by evocative illustrations that are powerful and filled with emotion.
A book that should be read by every child.
Recommended for 7+.