Francesca Pagliotti, left, Zoe Gee and Aija Tso are knitting.
Photo by Ric Ernst/The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 1

Grandmother, mother and daughter
love to knit.
Francesca, Zoe and Aija
have a knitting store.
The store is called Three Bags Full.
The store opened in 2006.
It sells knitting needles. It sells yarn.

Knitting is popular again
Many people come to the shop.
Grandmothers are customers.
Teenagers go into the shop.
Some men knit, too.
“Knitting helps them relax,”
says Francesca.

How to start knitting

As shopkeepers for help.

Ask shopkeepers for help.


Buy one or two balls of yarn and two pairs of knitting needles.


Choose your yarn carefully.


Get the right knitting needles.


Get a yarn needle.


Keep everything in one bag. Take a knitting lesson.

Illustrations by Nola Johnston

The Last Great Race


Dogs wear booties to protect their feet from rocks and ice on the snow trail.
Photo by emal, CC, Flickr

The Last Great Race
Racing with sled dogs in Alaska
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson
Level 2

People remember the brave rescuers.
And they remember their faithful dogs.

Do you want to enter a race?
This race is 1,609 km long.
It lasts six to ten days or more.
You will be one of many racers.
There are 26 or 27 checkpoints.
Racers spend a few minutes, a whole day
or longer at the checkpoints.
The winner will get $70,000
and a new truck.

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Visit the Healthy Family Expo – March 29, 2015


Vendors and parents at the 2014 Healthy Family Expo
Photo courtesy of Healthy Family Expo

Have fun, meet new people, and learn something new!
Two lucky families can win tickets to the Healthy Family Expo.

Be one of the first readers to email us at

  • Write “Family Expo Contest” in the subject line.
  • Send us your full name and telephone number.
  • Contest closes at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

What can families do at the Expo?
Parents can try healthy food and drinks.
It is a day about
“tasting, touching, learning, and questioning,”
say the expo organizers.
Families can learn more about healthy living
from 100 vendors.
And there are workshops, too,
on healthy cooking and more.

Fun for children
There is also an Active Kid Zone.
Children have a big play area.
They can take a fitness class.
Boys and girls can also go in a giant hamster ball.

When?  Sunday, March 29, 2015 (10 AM – 5 PM)
Where? The Vancouver Convention Centre (East)
– Exhibit Hall B, 999 Canada Place. Click here for a map.

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