________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 19 . . . . January 23, 2015


My Blankie.

Alice Beauvisage.
Vancouver, BC: Simply Read Books, 2013.
12 pp., board, $7.95.
ISBN 978-1-927018-08-8.

Preschool / Ages 2-4.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

**1/2 /4


This is me and my blankie.

My blankie is very soft.
I take it everywhere and I do
everything with it.


Not every child has a blankie, but, if s/he does, and if it should go missing, life can become pretty stressful for parents until it is retrieved. And the blankie doesn’t have to be an actual blanket. Only one of our three children had what we referred to as his “blankie”, but it was actually the floral housecoat that my wife had worn while he was just an infant and which he later “adopted” and carried around with him everywhere and even slept with as a toddler.

     Between the words of the “excerpt” above and the book’s closing lines, “But what I love the most is falling asleep with my blankie. My blankie is a Super Blankie!”, the child narrator, of My Blankie describes how s/he incorporates the blanket into her/his daily play, transforming it into, for example, a tent or an igloo, the sail of a pirate ship or the cape of a king. Despite the blankie’s versatility as a play thing, it ultimately returns to its primary role, an object of security and comfort for the child.

     The brief text and cartoon-like illustrations that feature a child that could be either a girl or a boy make My Blankie a good home purchase, especially for a child with a blankie attachment.


Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.

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