Argyle

Argyle

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by Barbara Wallace, John Sandford
     
 

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A comic-satiric fable about the blessing of anonymity and the pitfalls of fame. Argyle the sheep finds comfort in belonging but also requires time away from the flock. After his white wool changes into colorful stripes—caused by devouring some delicious flowers—his enterprising owners use his unique fleece not only to create Scotland's first pair of plaid

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A comic-satiric fable about the blessing of anonymity and the pitfalls of fame. Argyle the sheep finds comfort in belonging but also requires time away from the flock. After his white wool changes into colorful stripes—caused by devouring some delicious flowers—his enterprising owners use his unique fleece not only to create Scotland's first pair of plaid socks but also to establish a prosperous business. But fame is fleeting.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A sheep called Argyle roams the Scottish highlands, lowlands and midlands and discovers some tasty grass and hundreds of red, blue, white, green and purple flowers. He snacks daily at his secret place. Soon the sheepherder's wife discovers that Argyle has ``many-colored'' wool. Argyle is sheared and plaid socks are knitted from his wool. Fame and fortune follow, and the sheepherder becomes a bookkeeper of his riches; but Argyle is kept away from the common sheep and suffers the pangs of notoriety. This is a tightly woven story of a dandified sheep, but the insight that being ``special'' isn't always a blessing might persuade those readers with dreams of greatness to reconsider the notion. Sanford's art of furry-green meadows, well-cultivated hills and healthy and contented faces adds cohesion to the story's outlook. Ages 4-9. (August)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A sheep named Argyle is appropriately featured in this comic-satiric fable about the blessing of anonymity and the pitfalls of fame. Argyle finds comfort in belonging but also requires time away from the flock. After devouring some delicious flowers, Argyle is magically transformed into a colorful, striped sheep. His enterprising owners use his unique fleece to not only create Scotland's first pair of plaid socks, but also to establish a prosperous business. But fame is fleeting. Deprived of the enchanted flowers, a miserable Argyle loses not only his colors, but his fickle following, too. He happily returns to the comforts of the fold. Sandford is an illustrator to watch. Bold greens and blues that reflect the Scottish countryside dominate the primitive and expressionist style chalk drawings that exhibit a skillful handling of perspective and pattern. And jokes abound for the keen-eyed. The book has the brevity, simple style, and layered meanings of the classic fables, but there's no celebration of peasant virtues here. The McDougals are rewarded financially for their exploitation of the sheep, whose suffering goes unrequited. At its most sophisticated, this is a clever and original commentary on capitalism. All told, a natural for reading aloud. Julie Corsaro, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590782453
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Brooks Wallace is the author of a number of books for young readers, including Peppermints in the Parlor, Ghosts in the Gallery, and Cousins in the Castle. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

John Sandford has illustrated many books, including Down Buttermilk Lane by Barbara Mitchell, Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux by Eve Bunting, and The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers by Caroline Arnold. He lives in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Education:
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
Website:
http://www.johnsandford.org

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