When Laura goes to bed each night, she loves to hear the story of the Star Blanket. The story begins on the day Dad's baby sister was baptized when he was a little boy, and the family drove in the old green DeSoto down to Saint James Church. Afterwards, when presents were being opened, Laura's dad realized there weren't any for him. But Gram quietly handed him a special package wrapped in tissue: the Star Blanket. Each white star on the deep blue, hand-made blanket represented a family member. Before Christmas, Laura's dad had to learn the names for each star, forty-one in all. As a grown-up, he teaches his own daughter to say good-night to all the relatives on the Star Blanket along with him.
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Pat Brisson lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their four sons. She is the author of the "Kate" books-- Your Best Friend, Kate ; Kate Heads West ; and Kate on the Coast .
Maryann Cocca-Leffler has illustrated many books for children, including Wednesday is SpaghMore about Pat Brisson
Michelle Houts holds degrees in special education and speech-language pathology. She is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including the award-winning The Beef Princess of Practical County, The Practical County Drama Queen, and Winterfrost. Erica Magnus has enjoyed applying her fine art skills as a freelance artist to childMore about Erica Magnus