FLORA’S BLANKET by Debi Gliori


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Age Range: 2 - 5
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When a wee bunny misplaces her beloved blanket, the entire family bands together for a search-and-rescue mission. Little Flora can't sleep a wink without her special blanket. With offers of replacements from her siblings summarily refused by the disconsolate bunny, everyone embarks upon a house- and yard-wide search. As the regular spots fail to turn up the elusive bedding, they begin to look about in nonsensical locations, such as inside the refrigerator and in the greenhouse. Alas, the rabbit clan wanders over house, hill, and dale in vain. When the fruitless search is ultimately called off, Flora's blanket is discovered in the likeliest (but overlooked) place—tucked into mommy and daddy's bed. Gliori's (DK Book of Nursery Rhymes, p. 182, etc.) simple but comical tale has just the right blend of reality and silliness to tickle tiny funnybones. Preschoolers can empathize with Flora's predicament while giggling over the bunny family's increasingly outlandish search. Full-page, full-bleed watercolor illustrations depict an irresistibly cute clan of cuddly rabbits (including one who can't keep his nose out of a book). Little ones will enjoy the notion that the rabbits' house looks remarkably like their own, only with special bunny touches—a carrot-filled vase centerpiece, a rabbit-shaped sand box, a carrot handle on the fridge door, and more. Perfect for any tot who has misplaced a favored comfort object and the scores of beleaguered parents who have been sent out on countless wild-goose chases. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-531-30305-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2001


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