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Maya’s Blanket: La Manta De Maya Book Review #ReadYourWorld

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What if the objects we love most in our lives i.e. blankets, stuffed animals, dolls, toys etc could be creatively used, recycled, and treasured so that they’d never leave us?

Maya’s Blanket by Monica Brown and illustrated by Caldecott winning artist David Diaz is such a tale.

Maya's Blanket

This is a bilingual book. The left hand page is in English with some key Spanish words, and the right hand page is in Spanish. David Diaz does a magnificent job in portraying the story in his artwork of vibrant colors and wonderful character drawings.

Maya's Blanket

From the loving hands of her grandmother, Maya receives a magical blanket that keeps bad dreams away. As she loves and uses her blanket, it becomes frayed so Maya and her grandmother transform the blanket into a dress which she ends up spilling red juice on. From here Maya’s blanket is progresses through a series of other items such as a skirt, shawl, scarf, hair ribbon, and finally a bookmark. When at last even the magical bookmark is lost, all that is left are her memories of her magical blanket and all of it repurposed glory. So Maya wrote a book to capture and hold her treasures in.

Maya's Blanket

Maya’s Blanket is a Junior Library Guild Selection. We’re honored to have the Junior Library Guild sponsor this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Challenge. Teachers, we’re giving away a beautiful FREE hard-covered book to your classroom. Have a look here to find out how you can bring a Junior Library Guild Selection to your classroom.

Classroom Reading Challenge

Something To Do

no sew

No Sew Blanket

Maya’s grandmother made the blanket for Maya but through all of it’s other transformations it had the creative helping hands of both Maya and her grandmother. This no sew blanket is such a blanket. It takes less than an hour, around 40 minutes, and is fun project to do together. At the end you’ll have a cozy blanket and the memories of making it.

You Will Need:

  •  2 coordinating fiber fleece fabrics, 2 yards each.
  •   Sharp fabric scissors
  •   1 tape measure
  1. Take your first piece of fabric and lay it down on the floor.
  2. Cut off the two salvedge sides.

3. Do the same thing with the second piece of fabric.

No Sew Set-up

  1. Lay your first piece of fabric face down on the floor.
  2. Take your second piece of fabric and lay it on top of the first with the wrong side down, right side facing up.
  3. Take your tape measure and measure a 4 inch x 4 inch square on each corner.
  4. Cut a 4 x 4 inch square out of each corner.
  5. Take your tape measure and spread it out from one 4×4 corner to the next. Lock the tape measure in place.
  1. Cut one inch slits which are 4 inches long around each side of the blanket.
  2. Now it’s time to knot the blanket. Take one cut slit of fabric. You will have two pieces of fabric per cut. One from the top and one from the bottom. Just make an over hand knot on each slit all around the blanket.

Enjoy your new blanket.

Spanish Language for Kids

Maya’s Blanket not only is bilingual but uses a series of Spanish words inside the English side of the story.

After reading the book, see how many words you remember and know the meanings of.

Fascinated about the Spanish language ? Would you like to learn more ? Have a look at these really fun YouTube channels that will have you speaking Spanish in no time.

Little Pim

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Rockalingua

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Calico Spanish

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10 thoughts on “Maya’s Blanket: La Manta De Maya Book Review #ReadYourWorld

    1. This book is so well done from the use of two languages, the story itself,and the illustrations. It’s a gold star book. The blanket making is so much fun. The kids loved doing it and it was so manageable for them. They really felt like they accomplished something.

  1. “Maya receives a magical blanket that keeps bad dreams away”…Love this! Both my kids (though no 10 and 13) still have their babyhood “magical” blankies on their beds. Such comfort in a simple thing 🙂

  2. “Maya receives a magical blanket that keeps bad dreams away”…Love this! Both my kids (though now 10 and 13) still have their babyhood “magical” blankies on their beds. Such comfort in a simple thing 🙂

  3. I love this book so much, and so many kids can relate to that important something. Great idea to include a blanket tutorial as well, fun! Great bilingual #diversekidlit addition.

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