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The Never-Ending Sweater

by (author) Erin Welch

illustrated by Dorothy Leung

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2023
General, Travel
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


Key Selling Points

  • Peter's connections with his grandmother and his young neighbor, Little P., demonstrate the value of intergenerational friendship and connection.
  • The Never-Ending Sweater celebrates family love in whatever form that may take.
  • In our world of fast fashion and quick consumables, this story depicts how something as simple and necessary as a sweater could be made by hand so well that it lasts an entire lifetime, even to be passed on to the next generation.
  • Dorothy Leung's warm illustrations depict the quaint seaside lifestyle of the East Coast and places from around the world.

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.

Erin Welch's profile page

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


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets

Editorial Reviews

“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

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

Kirkus Reviews

“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)

“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

“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 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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