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The Never-Ending Sweater
By (author): Erin Welch Illustrated by: Dorothy Leung
Erin Welch ,

Illustrated by :

Dorothy Leung


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
May 16, 2023
Print Run: 6000
$21.95 CAD


10.75in x 8.75 x 0.31 in | 420 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


17 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General
Picture storybooks|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories|Interest age: from c 3 years
Nova Scotia
  • Short Description
In this illustrated picture book, a young boy asks his grandmother to knit him a sweater, which he wears as he grows up and travels the world, before returning to his seaside village.
The comfort of home is never-ending.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“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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