Margaret Ferguson/Holiday House/. Aug. 2021. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780823447831.
PreS-K–Baby Cole instantly loves the blanket Mama knit while she waited for him to be born. As he grows, he and his blanket are inseparable. He plays hide-and-seek with it, drapes it over chairs to make a house, reads under it, and wears it as a cape. Inevitably, the day comes when the blanket starts to unravel loop by loop until only a pile of yarn remains. Just when Cole decides he’s ready to give up his blanket, Mama decides that she is the one who is not ready, and uses the yarn to knit him a sweater. Cole loves it instantly. A minimum of text, expanded upon by similarly spare artwork, captures the essence of a child’s attachment to a beloved object. While digitally created, the fluid outlines in the illustrations appear to be filled in with visible strokes of colored pencil, lending the book a casual, cozy feel.
VERDICT An adorable story that will make lapsitters feel wrapped in a parent’s love, and useful for conversations about letting go.

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