Spin a Scarf of Sunshine by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Stila Lim


 Spin a Scarf of Sunshine by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Stila Lim, Floris Books, 9781782506584, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This delightfully innovative story of sustainability depicts a young girl, Nari, as she shears the fleece from her family farm sheep, spins and dyes the wool, and knits herself a scarf. Winter comes and Nari delights in wearing her handmade scarf to keep her warm. As she grows, and the scarf begins to tatter, Nari composts the wool and uses the rich soil to grow healthy food for her sheep to begin the cycle again. The vibrant watercolor illustrations are inviting and warm. The endpapers feature an illustrated Wool Cycle: from Sheep to Scarf.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Young children will enjoy learning about the process of shearing and making wool, while older students may be interested in trying their hands at knitting.

Who should buy this book? Those interested in sustainability and “eco-fiction” will find this book a delightful read.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books or “eco-fiction” collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: December 12, 2020

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