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Friday, June 24, 2011

freddie's blanket, phoebe's sweater

these books had been on my wishlist for a while, and when we ordered some magic treehouse books for the boy last week, i threw these in the cart as well.

Phoebe's Sweater is the first of hopefully many books by joanna johnson.  phoebe is a mouse whose mother knits her a beautiful sweater.  the story is dear;  the illustrations (by the author's husband) are adorable - so much detail in the pictures!  this is no ordinary children's book - it's a pattern book for mommy (or daddy!) as well!  the author includes patterns for phoebe's sweater, a stuffed phoebe doll and a sweater for the doll!  i really want to knit the sweater for petunia!

Freddie's Blanket is what drew me to these books in the first place.  freddie is a platypus who is comforted by his baby blanket, but realizes one day that it is too small to cover with!  freddie learns to accept a new blanket to snuggle with as he looks for a cozy place to sleep.  this book is also chock full of knitting patterns - freddie's plaid "grown up blanket", his "baby envelope" (swaddling blanket), patterns for both freddie and may (his big sister) dolls plus outfits, and knitted overalls for a growing boy (or girl!) complete with a knitted hammer, so a kiddo can look just like freddie!

freddie's blanket is sublime - the the story is darling, the illustrations are sweet (complete with mama platypus wearing french press slippers!).  i am gobsmacked at the patterns - i want to knit freddie's blanket so badly, and make a pair of the overalls for my own little freddie.  i am in love with these books.  is that possible?

for what it's worth, these books are not going to wind up in the kiddos' book basket.  hello mommy's book shelf!

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