Purchase for $19.95:
(You can get a signed copy on Etsy)
I do not know where to begin on this charming book. For me, it was the perfect way to blend my passions and share them with my son. This book contains beautifully illustrated pictures that go with a sweetly told story. Following this is a set of knitting patterns! You can knit little Freddie and his blanket! (The pattern is also available on Ravelry.) There are actually six patterns included in the books. There is Freddie's blanket, a boy platypus with overalls, a girl platypus with a dress, children's overalls, a baby swaddling blanket and a small hammer. All the patterns are adorable, but the platypus is, by far, my favorite.
This was a very fun way to help my youngest son transition to a big boy bed and share my love of knitting with him. While the connection is not readily obvious, it was a stroke of genius the Johnsons had when they wrote this. My sons always love to see what I'm working on and are thrilled when it's something for them. (It also keeps me diligently working because they are always checking to see if I'm "done yet.") Now that I'm working on a character in a book they both enjoy reading, they are beside themselves with giggly glee. It is such a nice idea combining this story with knitting patterns that relate back to the characters. I will post the completed platypus as soon as it's finished, but I am including some of the photos available on the Etsy page as well as the Ravelry page.
Bottom Line: This is such a sweet book that is well worth the money. If you have small children or grandchildren, they will love this very adorable stuffed animal and the story that goes with him. As a side note- if you are interested in classic children's illustrating, Eric Johnson has an excellent class on Craftsy. You can really tell a lot of love and care went in to this book.