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Children's Fiction Emotions & Feelings


illustrated by Ruth Ohi

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Imagination & Play
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


A gentle wordless picture book about the difference a kind friend can make on a gray day.

It’s a beautiful morning, but when Cat wakes up, the world feels gray. Cat wraps up in a blanket and hides — until Dog comes in. What can Dog do to help Cat?

Dog joins Cat under the blanket and listens to Cat’s worries. Dog’s flashlight illuminates the darkness and brings laughter. The two friends build a blanket fort where they can make shadow puppets and find comfort in storybooks. Dog makes sandwiches so that they can share a picnic meal. With Dog’s help, Cat discovers ways to cope until the sadness starts to lift.

Ruth Ohi’s first wordless picture book is a quiet, heartfelt story about those times when you just want to hide under a blanket — and how much it can mean to have a friend who will be there to keep you company.


Key Text Features


comic strips



Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

About the author



Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

A gentle story with a powerful message.

Horn Book

In this wordless picture book, Ruth Ohi has created a poignant narrative about the positive impact a kind friend can have on an individual who is struggling. … Emotional health, inner conflict, resilience, courage and friendship are each quietly presented in this sensitive story, which conveys so much … and without a single word.

Canadian Children's Book News

A gentle book for sensitive readers who may also have days where they want to hide under a blanket.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

A beautiful wordless picture book.

Quebec Library Association

Blanket is a charming tale of how a caring, imaginative friend can turn a dark day around. … This book offers a sweetly sensitive way to talk about overcoming anxiety and isolation.

Quill & Quire

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