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After the last person has gone from the earth, sheep take over the world, make the same mistakes as humans, and eventually disappear as well. "Filled with devices and allusions that beg for discussion, this should be provocative material out of, as well as in, the classroom." -- Booklist

After the last person has gone from the earth, sheep take over the world, make the same mistakes as man, and eventually they too disappear.

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Overview

After the last person has gone from the earth, sheep take over the world, make the same mistakes as humans, and eventually disappear as well. "Filled with devices and allusions that beg for discussion, this should be provocative material out of, as well as in, the classroom." -- Booklist

After the last person has gone from the earth, sheep take over the world, make the same mistakes as man, and eventually they too disappear.

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Gr 6 Up Though a timely fable, purchase of this title would depend on demand for satirical, semi-apocalyptic material. ``There is no record of when the last person disappeared.'' The human population of Earth is dead. A flock of sheep, in search of food, wanders into an abandoned town, and, with the help of supermarkets, television and video-cassette recorders, take up where humanity has left off. With the benefits of civilization come the problems that go with itoverpopulation, food shortages, rationing, crime and military police. Then, a solution to the food shortage is foundBaaa. As the availability of Baaa increases, the population decreases, until the day the last two sheep meet for lunch. ``There is no record of when the last one (sheep) disappeared.'' While this is not a new idea, it is thoughtfully and humorously presented. The illustrationsblack-and-white ink-wash drawingshave charm and wit. The sophisticated humor will be accessible to older children, but the picture book format may not attract them. A useful discussion-provoking title where high concept/low level material is needed. Janice M. Del Negro, Hild Regional Public Library, Chicago
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"Filled with devices and allusions that beg for discussion, this should be provocative material out of, as well as in, the classroom." Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395395882
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1985
  • Pages: 64
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given 'to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.' Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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