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Feeding the Sheep

by Leda Schubert
Illustrated by Andrea U'Ren

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
32 pages
ISBN: 9780374322960

Ages 3-6

“What are you doing?” is the repeated refrain of this engaging story spanning the cycle of the seasons. “ ‘What are you doing?’ the little girl asked. ‘Feeding the sheep,’ her mother said. Snowy day, corn and hay.” Each page spread introduces another scene in which the little girl asks the question and her mother replies, followed by a playful rhyme about the work being done. The end result is a story of how the sheep’s wool, which the mother shears in early spring, becomes a cozy blue sweater that she has knit for the little girl by autumn’s end. This terrific read-aloud has delightful language and a satisfying, full-circle conclusion, while the lively illustrations integrate each step of the wool-working into scenes that also depict the changing seasons, the love between the spirited girl and busy mom, and the warmth within their home. (MS) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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