The Twins’ Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Two twin girls look just alike and share everything, especially a blanket that they have had ever since they were born. But now the blanket has gotten too small for them to share. Neither girl wants to give it to the other though. Their mother tells them that they are going to be moving to big kid beds and that she will make each of them a new blanket. They each pick out a fabric, one yellow with flowers, the other pink with birds and flowers. They wash the fabric, dry it on the line, and then their mother sews the blankets. When they are done, they have two new blankets that each have a piece of the original as well as their own personality. Then they have to see what sleeping apart for the first time is like!
Yum has created a charming story about twins that shows the sibling relationship in all of its complexity, yet remains accessible for small children. The girls both want to be alike and together, yet yearn to be different and apart at the same time. Down to their stuffed animals that are alike but different, the story is really about their relationship rather than the blanket which is more of a symbol.
Yum’s illustrations are done in deep, rich colors and strong lines. They have hints of color in unexpected places, creating an additional richness. The girls while identical are always seen separately and uniquely in the art.
Charming and honest, this book about twins has a clever storyline and lovely illustrations. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.