Thursday, May 21, 2020

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Legends from Mom's Closet, by Sasha Olsen {ends 5/28}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

Audrey Hepburn’s Classic Truths

Wow! Hepburn was planning to be a ballerina, but because of problems with her health, she ended up becoming an actress instead.

Hepburn’s favorite color was light blue, which is mine too!

I think Hepburn and I have a lot in common. She spoke five languages. I also speak several.

What a fun approach for a visual learner. Knowing how influential women expressed their style may help girls remember more about them.

Official synopsis:
Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Legends from Mom's Closet, by Sasha Olsen {ends 5/28}
Legends from Mom’s Closet documents Sasha’s summer, where she spends most of her time indoors because of stormy weather. Due to her boredom, she turns to learning about legendary people through books and research. She comes upon some incredible women, like Frida Kahlo, and delves into these legends’ lives which lead her to feel extremely inspired. She turns her inspiration into art by rummaging in her mom’s closet for vintage pieces to dress up as the legends she learned about. Sometimes she faces little troubles, but she quickly overcomes them in a mission to spend a day in a legend’s shoes and document it. Through this diary, readers will also learn the importance of vintage clothing and the need to prevent fast fashion. Legends from Mom’s Closet is abundant with colorful photos and illustrations for other kids to truly get a feel of Sasha’s imagination. She even shares little fun facts and a how-to for each icon. Experience the creativity a kid encounters when exploring what’s right around them and let it inspire you too!

Sasha gives us a little introduction to each of ten famous women before she dives into her mom’s closet to try and recreate their look. With help from her sister, her mom, and her grandma, Sasha has fun playing up the influential women’s trademark styles and telling us something that made each of them famous.

The best part of this book was the adorable pictures of Sasha dressed as each of the women she introduced. She claims her favorite part of recreating each look was getting to play with make-up. At the end of her diary, she stresses the need to prevent fast fashion and utilize vintage pieces, since cast-off clothing contributes a lot of waste when it is only thrown into the trash.

Overall, I’d give this book 3 out of 5 stars. The photographs of Sasha in each inspired outfit, and then the separate photographs of the outfits for anyone who may want to search their own mom’s closet for the items to recreate were my favorite. The colored illustrations of each influential woman also added to the appeal. This book would be great for a child who is a visual learner and may inspire them to learn more about these female legends from history.

{click here to pre-order; book will be out on May 28, 2020.}

Becki Bayley is a wife and mom. She enjoys reading, playing the flute, and blogging at


One of my lucky readers will win a copy of Legends from Mom's Closet!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Thursday, May 28th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified the next day via email and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

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Legends from Mom's Closet, by Sasha Olsen


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