In My Two Blankets we see the migrant's challenges eloquently explored in words and pictures for a new generation.
Irena Kobald's text balances the quotidian and the poetic and creates a space for illustrator Freya Blackwood to portray Cartwheel's nascent life. The 'two blankets' of the title are blankets made of words. Cartwheel's story is one of making a new language and there is simple truth and authenticity at the heart of My Two Blankets.
As Cartwheel struggles in isolation, her loneliness is eased by meeting another girl and a tentative friendship begins.
There is a wonderful visual rhythm to Blackwood's pictures as Cartwheel's new world begins to emerge Blackwood has an extraordinary ability to express the eloquent silence that surrounds Cartwheel and the book communicate emotions beyond language.
My Two Blankets is an intensely child-centred book, where the larger issues are measured in intimate, human scale.