The Never-Ending Sweater

  • Illustrated By: Dorothy Leung
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:travel, belonging, connection, adventure, no place like home
  • Available:05/16/2023
  • Lexile:AD810L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:O
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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.

“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

“A beautiful homage to intergenerational connections forged through making and sharing.”

– The Miramichi Reader

“A loving intergenerational relationship underlies Welch’s descriptive telling of an object that reminds its wearer of home...Leung’s earth-toned gouache, pencil, and digital illustrations slowly signal how the subtly patterned sweater roots Peter to the place, and, eventually, promises to do the same for another.”

– Publishers Weekly

“Dorothy Leung’s colored gouache, pencil, and digital illustrations are warm and filled with many emotions, allowing readers to see how adventures may be exciting but home is where the heart is.”

– Sal's Fiction Addiction

“A touching story celebrating the significance of deep connections made across generations and the importance of home. The sweater, which almost assumes a character-like role, witnesses the ebbs and flows of Peter’s life, only to be given the privilege of repeating this journey with someone new.”

– Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Canadian Children’s Book News

“A loving story of home, friendship, adventure, and personal growth knitted together with the universality of fiber and handmade gifts. Fiber lovers, crafters, and adventurers will feels its heart.”

– Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2023  |  Commended
Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets   | 2023  |  Commended