With the chilly seasons arriving, there are only three things on my mind; cozy, cozy, and cozy. I guess, if you want to get all technical, that’s only one thing (but just so you know, being technical is not very cozy). Here are a few things that are cozy:
Cups of tea.
Put these all together, and you’ve got one cozy party. You also get THE STORY BLANKET, written by Ferida Wolff and the late Harriet May Savitz, illustrated by Elena Odriozola. In THE STORY BLANKET, our heroine is Babba Zarrah, a (definitely) cozy woman who lives in a tiny village in the snow-covered mountains. The children love to gather on her big, old story blanket and listen to her imaginative tales. One day Babba Zarrah notices that Nikolai needs new socks, but she has no yarn. After the children leave, she unravels part of her story blanket and knits him some nice warm socks.
Not long after that, the postman is surprised to find a scarf wrapped around his mailbag. The grocer mysteriously receives a shawl to keep her warm. On the woodpile outside the school is a pair of mittens for the schoolmaster. Meanwhile, the story blanket is getting smaller and smaller. When the villagers discover Babba Zarrah’s secret, they decide to give her a surprise of her own.
Everything about this book is cozy—the little village, the colorful storytelling quilt, plump and rosy-cheeked characters bundled in shawls and coats, sparse wintery scenes—even the text feels like an old European folktale. The watercolor illustrations are simple, perfectly paired, and beyond charming. For a week of Thanksgiving, this sweet story celebrates community, sharing, caring, and all things cozy.
When the technology becomes available to us (and it will) to physically enter into the pages of any book, you’ll find me sitting on that blanket with those little villagers and a cup of hot tea, listening to Babba Zarrah’s stories.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!