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Feeding the Sheep Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0374322961
LANGUAGE:English

" Selected as a title to read to my young fiber arts class, this is a sweet little sheep to sweater story where a young child learns why her mother cares for their sheep and in turn decides the wool they provide is valuable enough that she begins to feed them. " said.

" Follow the journey from sheep to sweater as a young girl helps her mother take care of the family's small flock of sheep. Each stage in the process ends with a clever rhyme that ties back to the task, "Soft and deep, sheepy heap," and "Windy day, wool ballet." " said.

" This is one of my favorites. Beautiful, simple book illustrating the process of raising sheep for wool, including shearing, carding, spinning, etc. My only complaint is the lack of a father. He just feels especially absent to me. " said.

" "You know what I love for first and second graders? I love a good process book. Whether it's baking a cake or sculpting a clay pot, any book that starts with raw materials and ends with a manufactured item, and shows us the steps in between already has a leg up, in my opinion."Full review on Pink Me: http://pinkme.typepad.com/pink-me/201... " said.

" Fun and informative. But no match for the immortal Pelle's New Suit or for Tomie dePaola's ever adorable sheep in Charlie Needs a Cloak. " said.

"This book has a comforting, sweet rhythm as it walks through the circular steps of making a sweater through the seasons -- from feeding the sheep (hence the title) to washing the wool, dyeing it, etc. all the way back to feeding the sheep again the following winter. The cyclical format works really well, and the repetition followed by the short, rhyming lines pair wonderfully. I spied Winnie crouching with this book the other day saying to herself softly, "Sheepy heap! Sheepy heap!" which is reason enough to love it right there.

It's quite the favorite in our house.
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"Feeding the Sheep is a simple book that takes readers on a journey from feeding sheep to the end process of creating a wool sweater. What’s cool and amazing about this book is that each page really does provide a real life step in the sheep farming, all in about 20 simple words. I learned from this book. I think toddlers will not only learn from this book but sense the playfulness of the characters (through illustrations and words), as well as the handicraft and pride in the handcrafting. I should point out that the book also takes readers on a year long journey with a mother and daughter, a dog and a cat, and a heard of sheep. I could see this book being used in a classroom to introduce early ‘to market’ economics concepts, or as a great read aloud with a different twist to farming or the seasons. It’s worth a read for sure." said.

"Follow the process from sheep to sweater through the eyes of a young girl. The book starts with feeding the sheep corn and hay on a wintry day. Then it moves on to shearing, washing the wool, drying the wool, carding it, spinning the yarn, dyeing the yarn, and then knitting it. Each step is done by the little girl’s mother to the refrain of “What are you doing?” The book uses gentle rhymes and repetition to show the steps as well as detailed illustrations where the young girl gets involved too.

This book is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers who will enjoy realizing where their sweaters come from. The style of writing is approachable and gentle. Nicely the book comes full circle back to the feeding of sheep, making the point that the cycle of sheep to sweater continues. U’Ren’s illustrations are filled with homey touches and small details, yet they will work well with a group. A wonderful touch is the changing of the seasons throughout the book, often glimpsed only out of the window. This again underlines the cyclical nature of farming.

Short sentences with plenty of rhythm and repetition, make this a friendly choice. It is also a joy to read aloud. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
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