Yetsa's Sweater

Olsen, Sylvia (Book - 2006)
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Yetsa's Sweater
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"What are you knitting into this sweater, Grandma?" Yetsa asks. Grandma smiles. "Flowers. Fish and waves. Woolly clouds, and blackberries." From the author of No Time To Say Goodbye, The Girl with a Baby and White Girl comes a tender and joyful picture book, perfect for sharing. In Yetsa's Sweater, Sylvia Olsen takes a workaday chore and illuminates it with meaning, while Joan Larson takes Olsen's simple and loving words and fills them with radiant light. On a fresh spring day, young Yetsa, her mother and her grandmother gather to prepare the sheep fleeces piled in Grandma's yard. As they clean, wash and dry the fleece, laughter and hard work connect the three generations. Through Yetsa's sensual experience of each task, the reader joins this family in an old but vibrant tradition: the creation of Cowichan sweaters. Each sweater is unique, and its design tells a story. In Yetsa's Sweater, that story is one of love, welcome and pride in a job well done.
Authors: Olsen, Sylvia, 1955-
Title: Yetsa's sweater
Publisher: Winlaw, B.C. : Sono Nis Press, 2006
Characteristics: [38] p. :,col. ill. ;,27 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sylvia Olsen ; illustrated by Joan Larson
Additional Contributors: Larson, Joan
ISBN: 9781550391558
Branch Call Number: jE OLSEN 2006
Subject Headings: British Columbia Juvenile fiction Canada Juvenile fiction Sweaters Juvenile fiction Knitting Juvenile fiction Intergenerational relations Juvenile fiction Grandparent and child Juvenile fiction Coast Salish Indians Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Picture books for children
Topical Term: Sweaters
Intergenerational relations
Grandparent and child
Coast Salish Indians
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"What are you knitting into this sweater, Grandma?" Yetsa asks. Grandma smiles. "Flowers. Fish and waves. Woolly clouds, and blackberries."

Theme of multigenerational love and respecting of heritage. A realistic story about a contemporary family from the Cowichan nation. Great demonstration of process of creating sweater from the sheep to the final product.

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This was a lovely story for me to read to my grand daughter. I knit and so although my grand daughter is only 5 she could relate to Yetsa and her anticipation of her sweater. She was also able to appreciate the gift of craft and learning the old arts.


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Yetsa, her mother and her grandmother prepare fleece together in preparation for knitting Cowichan sweaters.


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