Thursday, 10 January 2013

Small Bunny's Blue Blanket, by Tatyana Feeney

I am absolutely loving Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket!

Small Bunny has a very special friend, Blue Blanket. Blue Blanket goes everywhere with Small Bunny and does everything that Small Bunny does. But, oh shock and horror, one day Mummy announces that she wants to wash Blue Blanket. Noooo! As anyone who had an item similar to Blue Blanket whilst growing up will know, washing is bad. Very bad. Aside from the separation period, Blankets are never the same once they are clean.

Confession time: one reason why I love this story so much is clearly because I have a Blue Blanket equivalent. My ‘Blue Blanket’ - or just Blanket - is not blue so much as whiteish grey. Granted, it doesn’t go everywhere with me anymore, but it still doesn’t get washed as often as perhaps it should. And yes, I am 32 years old. However, that said, there is more to this charming picture book from new author Tatyana Feeney than just a mutual love for Blankets. It is simple and sweet and Small Bunny is very very cute. It is especially cute when Small Bunny watches Blue Blanket going round and round in the washing machine. For 107 minutes. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t take 107 minutes to read the book.)

But wait... it all turns out ok: Blue Blanket returns from the washing safe and sound, and in almost no time at all, it is back to its old, dirty, well-loved self.

Irresistible and appealing, this is a storybook that is going to the top of my recommends list for younger toddlers. Even the tagline - A Tale of Love and Laundry - is inspired. And did I mention it’s cute?

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