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Sylvia Olsen.  Yetsa’s Sweater
Sono Nis Press  $19.95  ISBN 978-1-55039-155-8  40 pg.
Reviewed by Darcy, Age 12

Sylvia Olsen has created a wonderful picture book … a combination of fact and fiction. This book has included both the story of a young Coast Salish girl and the Coast Salish tradition of making wool sweaters.  All of the pictures compliment what the story is saying and the colours are all bold and inviting.

Every Saturday Yetsa goes with her mom to her grandma’s to visit and help her out.  The book takes place in the spring; her grandma’s current activity is preparing the newly shorn sheep wool to make sweaters.  Yetsa, who is always eager to help, learns how to use and wash the wool and more.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a really easy, quick read.  The author did a great job of explaining the history of the Coast Salish people and why making wool sweaters was and is still a big part of their life and tradition. Children, grades 3-5, will appreciate this story, as it ties in nicely with Social Studies.

Darcy gives Yetsa’s Sweater 3 wooly stars.


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