Maya’s Blanket

Maya’s Blanket
Written by Monica Brown, illustrated by David Diaz

Publisher’s Summary:
When a little girl’s cherished baby blanket becomes old and worn, it is made into a dress, and over the years it is made into even smaller and smaller items, eventually ending up as a bookmark and inspiring the creation of a book. Inspired by the traditional Yiddish folk song Hob ikh mir a Mantl (I had a little coat). Includes an author’s note and a glossary. Text in English and Spanish.

Primary Source Pairing:
The blanket becomes a dress which becomes a skirt, then a shawl, and on the story goes as the beloved fabric, hand-stitched with butterflies, is repurposed. This story is inspired by the traditional Yiddish Tale “I Had a Little Coat.” For this primary source pairing, analyze a vest pattern originally published in the book The International Encyclopedia of Scientific Tailor Principles in 1885.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • Describe anything you see on the page besides words, such as images or decorations.
  • What was the purpose of this text?
  • Who do you think was its audience?
  • What can you learn from examining this?
  • If someone created this today, what would be different?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Vest Pattern: The International Encyclopedia of Scientific Tailor Principles, pages 240 and 241