Spin a Scarf of Sunshine

Dawn Casey; Illustrated by Stila Lim

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  • A bright and inspiring picture book with a message of sustainability
  • Shares the concept of the wool life cycle, shearing, spinning, dying and knitting, with young children in an engaging, easy-to-understand way
  • A charming seasonal tale with simple, lyrical text inspired by author Dawn Casey’s life in rural England
  • Nari’s story is brought to life with luminous illustrations by Korean illustrator Stila Lim
  • Delight in the seasonal details of Nari’s family farm and the countryside around it – playful animals, blooming wildflowers, buzzing bumblebees and blossoming trees

Nari cares for a little lamb on her farm. With her family's help, she turns its fleece into a cosy scarf, until the scarf is ready for the compost heap. A luminous picture book exploring creation and recycling through a simple, lyrical story.

275 x 295 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
23 Jul 2020


Nari lives on a small farm with hens and bees and apple trees, and cares for a little lamb of her own. The seasons turn and Nari's lamb grows into a fine sheep with a fleece that is ready to shear. Nari and her family use traditional skills to transform the fleece into a cosy scarf, as they shear, spin, dye and knit. But as Nari grows older her beloved scarf becomes tattered -- it is ready to be recycled into compost for the farm with the help of some friendly worms.

Spin a Scarf of Sunshine is a simple, lyrical story which encourages young children to engage with the wool cycle and understand the basics of traditional crafts of natural spinning, dyeing, knitting and gardening. The luminous illustrations of the natural world will inspire children and adults alike to explore the simple beauty around them and connect them to the idea of sustainable living and knowing where our clothing comes from.


Dawn Casey is the author of picture books and children's story collections inspired by the wonder of the natural world. Her work has won the Gold Nautilus Award and received an Accolade from the American Folklore Society. Before becoming an author, Dawn worked in publishing and as a primary school teacher. She lives on the UK's Sussex downs, with her husband, children and a tabby cat.

Stila Lim is an illustrator from South Korea. She studied Fine Art and graduated Kingston University as Master of Communication Design. She lives in Seoul with her family and tabby cat. Spin a Scarf of Sunshine is her first picture book.

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