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Deborah Turney Zagwyn

Markham (Ont.), Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1990. 32pp, cloth, $19.95
ISBN 0-88902-741-2. CIP

Pre-school to Grade 1 /Ages 3 to 6
Reviewed by Adele M. Fasick.

Volume 19 Number 2
1991 March

On the night Clee was born, the wind blew a mysterious blanket into her house. The blanket becomes Clee's companion and comforter as she grows up in her rural northern home. When she becomes old enough to start Kinder­garten, Clee's father realizes that children will tease her if she takes the blanket to school. Gently he suggests that Clee use the squares of the blanket to cover the pumpkins, which would otherwise freeze. One by one Clee gives up the squares until her blanket is all gone. It isn't easy for her to lose her friend, but in the end, the pumpkins are harvested safely and Clee has passed a milestone in growing up.

This imaginative book illustrated with vivid water-colours rings true to children's experience. Clee's expressive face as she dances joyfully with her blanket and later when she muses sadly on its loss reflects emotions that all children will recognize. This story will delight young readers and last through many story hours.

Adele M. Fasick, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
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