The Story Blanket
One day Babba Zarrah notices that Nikolai needs new socks, but she has no yarn. “Every question has an answer,” Babba Zarrah tells herself, “I just have to find it.” After the children leave, she unravels part of her story blanket and knits him some nice warm socks. As villagers start receiving mysterious gifts to keep them warm, the story blanket gets smaller and smaller until the children have nothing to sit on at story time. When the villagers finally discover Babba Zarrah’s secret, they decide to give her a surprise of her own.
Enhanced with charming illustrations, this heartwarming story of generosity makes for a wonderful read aloud experience.
Babba Zarrah, the kind woman that she is, notices one day that there is a child who needs new socks, yet she has no yarn to make some. She comes to the moral of the story, in that every question has an answer, and she just has to find it. Her solution is to take some of the yarn from her story blanket on which they sit for her storytelling, and knit him the socks he so needs. As time goes on, more of the villagers receive gifts meant to keep them warm, and all the while, the story blanket continues to get smaller until the children are no longer able to sit on it since there isn’t enough of it.
The story’s moral is two-fold, in that it also captures the importance of seeing how someone is helping, and finding ways to return the favor. The villagers don’t want to let Babba Zarrah’s secret kindnesses go unnoticed.
The engaging illustrations and kind, relatable morals make this story a purposeful, enduring book to read aloud, just as Babba Zarrah shares her stories with all who care to listen.