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Children's Fiction General

The Never-Ending Sweater

by (author) Erin Welch

illustrated by Dorothy Leung

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2023
General, Travel
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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A heartfelt story that celebrates the power of intergenerational love, connection and friendship, featuring the nostalgic imagery of a small East Coast village.

When Peter was little, he asked his grandmother to knit him a VERY big sweater. So she made him a sweater with love knit into every stitch. Young Peter wore the sweater, with its drooping sleeves and oversized body, everywhere he went. Eventually, Peter outgrew his small seaside village and decided to see the world with his sweater providing comfort and a reminder of home on every adventure. After traveling for many years, he returns home to find a new family next door. They too have traveled from far away, and Peter finds a connection with the young son, who also needs a comforting reminder of home.

About the authors

Originally from British Columbia's northern interior, Erin Welch moved to the East Coast in 2010. While she will always miss the mountains, she has come to know and appreciate the sublime beauty of the Acadian forest. Erin has a degree in English literature and is a mother to twins. She lives in Bear River, Nova Scotia.

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Dorothy Leung is an illustrator from the suburbs of Toronto. She studied and worked in architecture before pursuing her illustration dream. She is the illustrator of When the Wind Came and The Bird Feeder. In her work, she strives to evoke empathy, nostalgia, sentimentality and wonder. Dorothy's work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration and has appeared in publications such as The Walrus and the Globe and Mail.

Dorothy Leung's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“In this tale, the rich bonds of family and friendship feel as warm and cozy as a comfy wrap.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A feel-good story…Warm water colour renderings of the East Coast evoke the homey atmosphere of the maritime village. Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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