Legends from Mom’s Closet by Sasha Olsen

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I received an advance copy of Legends from Mom’s Closet for my review.

About Legends from Mom’s Closet

In Legends from Mom’s Closet, 10 year old Sasha Olsen documents how she spent a rainy summer indoors using her creativity and imagination. After reading a stack of books about women like Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn and Billie Holiday, Sasha’s imagination ran wild and she ended up in her mom’s closet picking through her clothes and her grandmother’s vintage pieces to dress up like all the female legends she had been reading about.

Complete with photos of the looks she created and tips for others young girls on how they, too, can emulate these iconic women, Legends from Mom’s Closet will inspire readers to delve into the lives of truly remarkable women from the past to learn a thing or two about what it means to be legendary in today’s world.

About Author Sasha Olsen

Sasha Olsen is a 10 year old author, environmental activist, ballroom dancer, bookworm, pianist, and enjoys anything artistic. She always finds new hobbies and things to do, which usually ends up in her trying to juggle everything. She lives with her family in Bal Harbour, Florida, where she also spearheads the conservation movement “I Want My Ocean Back.” Legends from Mom’s Closet is her first book.

My Thoughts

I was intrigued by this book and it’s premise. What kind of legends can we find in Mom’s closet? If you were to look in my closet, you wouldn’t find a lot of yoga pants, tshirts, and simple sunday dresses. But perhaps we can find something legendary in there?
I was hoping that while reading this book it would spark some creativity in my girls to learn about different people from history, and perhaps look through our closets for inspiration.

Unfortunately, my children didn’t seem too excited by this idea – but I think that is partly because we were reading an e-version. I think a physical copy of the book would change their perspective – perhaps a little, as this book was not easily read or looked at via a screen.

While I appreciated Sasha’s ability to get a professional photographer involved, I think it also changes the group that would enjoy this book. Middle class, and lower income kids who I think would find the premise of this book interesting, may not be able to connect with Sasha and what she is doing. Why is that? Well, the pictures are too perfect, the clothing too vintage for most kids to connect with. I’d love to see a follow-up book that’s more real, more raw, and can help kids from all backgrounds identify with.

Where to Buy?

While currently it shows out of print on Amazon, it will be in stock soon. There were some delays in the shipping. Keep your eye on Amazon for when it is back in stock.

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