Bea Rocks the Flock

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Bea the sheep knows she's "ewe-nique" and when her flock doesn't want to put up with her antics any longer she decides to go her own way. Bea moves to the big city and tries every new job she can think of--including a cloud, a library lion, and more--until she finds the confidence to be herself again and return home...only to inspire her flock to be more unique themselves. This hilarious and surprising story reiterartes a familiar lesson without talking down to the reader. From Bea's hilarious expressions to the ...

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Overview

Bea the sheep knows she's "ewe-nique" and when her flock doesn't want to put up with her antics any longer she decides to go her own way. Bea moves to the big city and tries every new job she can think of--including a cloud, a library lion, and more--until she finds the confidence to be herself again and return home...only to inspire her flock to be more unique themselves. This hilarious and surprising story reiterartes a familiar lesson without talking down to the reader. From Bea's hilarious expressions to the wacky predicaments she finds herself in, readers will be delighted with this fantastic new character and her bold personality.

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“Tired of the repression inherent in the Rule of Sheepdom, “Sheep are not unique,” Bea does as she likes. But she can only stand the flock’s disapproval for so long before she decides to start a new life in the city. Although the city’s distinctive inhabitants impress her at first, Bea has trouble finding a place that is just right for her, until she wins the “Most Unique” award at a dog show. Recognizing that the Rule of Sheepdom might be wrong, she enthusiastically returns to the flock to encourage them to pursue their own one-of-a-kind talents. Jamieson’s message to “BEEEEEEEEEEEE yourself” is lightened by her riotously funny tongue-in-cheek acrylic illustrations. Bea’s backpack contents will have readers chuckling, as will her attempts at fitting in in the Big Apple. A bright spring palette makes the white sheep pop off the pages…even more so when they decide to show their true colors. Paired with the recent Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler, this neatly addresses the issue of expressing yourself in the face of peer pressure. Who knew sheep had a wild side?.” –Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Bea really wants to be a good sheep, but sheep are not allowed to be unique. Can she convince the flock to changes its ways and rock toward individuality? Bea shows her true colors, dances to the beat of her own drum, and breaks all the rules. One day, Bea waves farewell to the flock and heads to the city to begin a new life. Everyone in the city looks different, so Bea feels right at home. She decides, "This is where I belong." But after sightseeing for a while, Bea wonders what to do next. What is the most interesting place in the city? Bea tries being a pinata, a statue, and a dog. She will do anything to make new and glamorous friends. One day she is even voted the Most Unique Sheep. Bea then waves goodbye to city life and returns to the open arms of the flock. What could be better than a warm homecoming? Soon Flossie starts an organic daisy farm; Mossie opens a painting school, and Jean becomes a country western singer. The flock passes a new rule: Be yourself! In this delightful story, Victoria Jamieson brings a flock of sheep to life with fun and vivid details. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-K

No matter how hard Bea tries, she can't live up to her flock's credo: "SHEEP ARE NOT UNIQUE!" All the other sheep knit the same dull white scarves, but Bea's striped hat, mittens, scarf, and socks scream with color. And as the rest of the identical ewes play their identical recorders, Bea literally marches to the sound of her own big bass drum. After being scolded once too often for not fitting in, she takes off for the big city, where she knows she'll be appreciated. While there, the lone ewe attempts several "jobs," including hanging from a tree like a fluffy cloud, posing as one of the stone lions outside the public library, and dyeing her wool and entering a dog show as a pink poodle. After winning a blue ribbon as "Most Unique Dog," she returns to her flock. They have all missed Bea and are finally ready to live out some of their own dreams with her encouragement. The energetic acrylic illustrations depict a joyous Bea in her pursuit of happiness. Sharp-eyed readers can follow the progressive, silent stories of the city dwellers shown in the backgrounds of the spreads. A predictable, mildly entertaining tale.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Tired of the repression inherent in the Rule of Sheepdom, "Sheep are not unique," Bea does as she likes. But she can only stand the flock's disapproval for so long before she decides to start a new life in the city. Although the city's distinctive inhabitants impress her at first, Bea has trouble finding a place that is just right for her, until she wins the "Most Unique" award at a dog show. Recognizing that the Rule of Sheepdom might be wrong, she enthusiastically returns to the flock to encourage them to pursue their own one-of-a-kind talents. Jamieson's message to "BEEEEEEEEEEEE yourself" is lightened by her riotously funny tongue-in-cheek acrylic illustrations. Bea's backpack contents will have readers chuckling, as will her attempts at fitting in in the Big Apple. A bright spring palette makes the white sheep pop off the pages . . . even more so when they decide to show their true colors. Paired with the recent Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler (2009), this neatly addresses the issue of expressing yourself in the face of peer pressure. Who knew sheep had a wild side? (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599902609
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Jamieson began dreaming of Bea after attending a sheep fashion parade in Sydney, Australia. Like Bea, she had many adventures (including writing this book!) while living in New York City.

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